The wisdom of a 90-year-old woman: Why every true Hindu should oppose Hindutva


At 90, Nayantara Sahgal remains a shining light on India’s intellectual firmament: clear, cogent, strong, resolute and fiercely independent.

In 2014, Sahgal—Vijayalakshmi Pandit‘s daughter and Jawaharlal Nehru‘s niece—returned the Sahitya Akademi award to protest what she called “increasing intolerance and supporting right to dissent in the country” under Narendra Modi.

Don’t sweat. She had similarly opposed her cousin Indira Gandhi‘s autocratic ways in the late 1960s leading up to the imposition of the Emergency, and even wrote a scathing book on Indira Gandhi’s rise.

In today’s Tribune, she has a fine piece titled ‘A Hindu speaks‘, in which she explains why as a Hindu she opposes Hindutva.


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Read the full article: A Hindu speaks

Photograph: courtesy India Today