October 16, 2008Asidecommunalismpolitics

Directional communalism

(The hidden meanings of words)

This is an archived blog post from The Acorn.

Pankaj Vohra writes:

Castetists and communalists have always worked together and might do so again. Each benefits from the other. National parties like the Congress will have to bear the brunt as they can’t take strident positions. But the Congress has to pay a price if it goes to bed with caste-based parties that rake up inverse communalism. [HT, emphasis added]

Communalism is not something that just one party does. But it’s always amusing to see the development of Indian political vocabulary.

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