I have received some requests to provide evidence for links between #Hindutva and #Nazism in the early 20th century.

Let me be clear that this is not my original research, and it is not an innovative argument.

Lots of scholars have made this point. A few citations:
Christophe Jaffrelot talks about this in his book, The Hindu Nationalist Movement in India. See the sections "German sources of Golwalkar's ideology" and "A Special Kind of Racism." Golwalkar was the second head of the RSS, a paramilitary organization that advocates Hindutva.
"paramilitary" is not my term, by the way. I am borrowing that from other scholars, including Jaffrelot.

Christophe Jaffrelot is one of the leading scholarly authorities on Hindu nationalism. He's written about the Nazi links in other publications also.
You might have a look at Marzia Casolari's article "Hindutva's Foreign Tie-Up in the 1930s: Archival Evidence," where he disagrees with Jaffrelot on some of the finer points of how exactly Nazism and Hindutva relate to one another.

Scholars disagreeing is totally normal, btw.
Check out Yulia Egorova's book, Jews and India: Perceptions and Image, which mentions the Hindu Mahasabha's support for Nazism, along with Savarkar and Golwalkar's views.

If you're wondering how Savarkar relates to the present-day Hindu nationalists, start with this photo:
I've written before about the Anti-Semitism that I have faced from some corners of India for my work as a historian, which is tied up with the history of links between Hindutva and early 20th century forms of European fascism. See here:

scroll.in/article/901309… #Antisemitism
In summary: It is a well-documented fact that some of Hindutva's early ideologues admired and took inspiration from Nazism.

If you're upset about this,  I understand, but you shouldn't be mad at the messenger of inconvenient facts. #history #THREAD #Hindutva
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