No Hindu Rashtra, let that be our war cry: Writer Nayantara Sahgal

Noted writer Nayantara Sahgal said the country�s cultural diversity and freedom of expression are in danger and called upon the people to say no to �Hindu Rashtra�.

No Hindu Rashtra, let that be our war cry: Writer Nayantara Sahgal

Noted writer Nayantara Sahgal said the country’s cultural diversity and freedom of expression are in danger and called upon the people to say no to “Hindu Rashtra”.

“Our cultural diversity is in danger. Our freedom of expression is in danger,” she said in a hard-hitting statement that was read out at a programme titled “Hastakshep: Jantantrik Aur Sanskritik Bahulata Ke Paksh Me” at Gandhi Bhavan in New Delhi.


“Secularism is in danger. Hinduism itself is in danger, mocked and distorted by Hindutva. Let us make it clear: No Hindu Rashtra. Let that be our war cry,” were the closing lines of the statement from Sahgal.

She said that the dangers we face today come from the fact that this Government is destroying the meaning of India, and step by step, stealthily and openly, is converting the secular democratic republic into a Hindu Rashtra.

“It started with the takeover of our premier institutions, the dismissal of their directors and their replacement by RSS mouthpieces,” Sahgal said.

“It has continued with the rewriting of history and the destruction of scientific temper by substituting mythology, fantasy and sheer nonsense for history and science. Suddenly Sardar Patel and Ambedkar have been adopted as RSS icons. Nehru, meanwhile, is being wiped out of history,” she added.

She said that the Hindutva mindset does not allow dissent. “Its believers have murdered those who do not think like them - writers, truck drivers transporting cattle, and a helpless blacksmith. These murders have come to light and the criminals still roam free,” Sehgal said.

She said that activists who are working for the victims of the Gujarat riots and other Hindutva atrocities are being persecuted.

Sahgal is a member of the Nehru-Gandhi family, the second of the three daughters born to Jawaharlal Nehru’s sister, Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit.

She was awarded the 1986 Sahitya Akademi Award for English, for her novel ‘Rich Like Us’ (1985), by the Sahitya Akademi.