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Moderate Rebels

Nov 28, 2017

Moderate Rebels episode 10 - Max Blumenthal and Ben Norton are joined by Indian activist Shehla Rashid Shora, a leader in the student movement and a prominent leftist organizer.

Shehla discusses the growing influence of Hindutva, the far-right Hindu nationalist movement, under the government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the BJP, and the Nazi-inspired RSS.

We analyze the alliance between the far-right governments in the US, India, and Israel, which are all united in their anti-Muslim "war on terror." And we highlight India's abandonment of Palestine.

Shehla also speaks of her experiences growing up amid conflict in Kashmir, the constant struggle against caste, and communal violence against Muslims and Dalits.

We address the specter of fascism haunting not just India, but much of the world, and talk about how neoliberal capitalism has fueled these ultra-nationalist politics.


0:00 - 5:47 Intro

5:47 - 9:54 Kashmir, women's rights, student activism

9:54 - 14:50 Anti-Muslim violence, Modi

14:50 - 34:29 Hindutva, RSS, Modi, fascism

34:29 - 41:02 Neoliberalism, capitalism, fascism

41:02 - 45:00 Youth in India

45:00 - 52:30 India's foreign policy, Israel-Palestine, China

52:30 - 58:31 The "war on terror" in India and the US

58:31 - 1:10:26 Kashmir

1:10:26 - 1:12:01 End