Movements of the religious right in South Asia are sometimes described as fascist. In the Indian context, early ideologues of Hindutva
, such as V. D. Savarkar
, admired European fascism
and contructed theories of race inspired by Nazism. Several aspects of modern day movements can be linked with fascism:
• ethnic/religious nationalism - glorification of the "nation" and its linking with race and religion;
• repressive family structures and cultures of authoritarianism, indoctrination of young people into servile attitudes towards figures of authority;
• campaigns of hate propaganda demonising minority communties, and clearing the way for mass killings;
• the repeated and organised mobilisation for violence, with violence itself a process of rehearsal/indoctrination.
While the references above are to India, similar observations apply to Islamist movements in Pakistan and Bangladesh.References
• Fascism and democracy: the Indian experience
, Vikas Adhyayan Kendra, 2004.
• Articles relating to fascism
on Communalism Watch.