Covering more than a century of Indian history, Patwardhan weaves a story that exposes the roots of Hindu nationalism and the endless war against India’s «imaginary demons».
Bianca-Olivia Nita
Bianca-Olivia Nita
Bianca is a freelance journalist and documentary critic. She is a regular contributor to Modern Times Review.
Published date: February 22, 2019
Country: India, 2018. 261 minutes

The extreme right is on the rise all over the world, but how many people in the Western world follow and understand the proportion and implications of the extreme right in India? Patwardhan’s documentary feature Reason – which won the IDFA Award for Best Feature-Length Documentary at its last edition – is both an overarching lesson in Indian history and a wake-up call for the rest of the world. The film is a thorough examination of the Indian far-right, its rallies, hate speech and effects, in parallel with the people who dare to resist and speak against this delirium – many of which end up paying with their life for their courage.

The film is both an eye-opener and a mesmerising experience, an intense rollercoaster trip through a slice of India’s past and present – each minute adding to an unsettling portrait of what is gradually becoming one of the largest secular democracies in the world.

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Hindu nationalism and the illusion of the «Golden Age»

Covering more than a century of Indian history, Patwardhan weaves a story that is as clear as it is complicated, exposing the roots of Hindu nationalism and the hate for «the Other». The effects of the Hindutva – the ideology seeking to establish the hegemony of Hindus and the Hindu way of life – can be seen everywhere in …

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