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Pulse 124 was unusually controversial and there was room in Pulse 125 only to print abbreviated versions of the responses. We give here the full text of the Letter to the Editor from IT consultant and dance student Bhagwat Shah (author of 'Indic Dances and Their Roots in Hindu India', Pulse 124), and the response by Jasmine Lail (author of 'Hindutva and South Asian Dance in Britain', Pulse 124).
Photo: Volunteers of RSS (Rashtriya Sevak Sangh) gather for march to mark founder's day in Amritsar, November 2013 | Narinder Nanu/AFP/Getty Images
Having read the Spring edition of Pulse, I would like to respond to articles by Jasmine Lail and Andrée Grau ['The Artist Against the Politician: Mallika Sarbhai against Narendra Modi'].
With the Indian elections under way, Narendra Modi and the BJP seem to be in a strong position, to the dismay of those who are troubled by their Hindutva tenets. But Hindutva is not just an issue facing the Indian electorate: it has been making its presence felt in the UK; even, Jasmine Lail argues, in the context of South Asian dance.
Images: RSS volunteers gather for Founder's Day in Amritsar November 2013/ Photo: Narinder Nanu/AFP/Getty Images | HSS UK annual training camp, Leicester, 2000, Sang Sandesh, July-August 2000 | Narendra Modi in RSS salute, Outlook India.com, 31 Dec 2012