ICWI is proud to present Dr. Vinod Mubayi’s new book Where Is India Headed? A Historical Critique.
The mainstream media in India is the biggest fan club of the current Hindutva regime in India and the regime provides them with many Bollywood style shows ranging from the “Howdy Modi” nautanki in Texas, USA in September 2019 to “Namaste Trump” tamasha in Gujarat, India in February 2020. All the road shows, in India or abroad, are designed in a way that Modi the ‘tamashagar (performer) becomes the tamasha (performance) himself.
The leader of the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) and member of its fascist mother ship the Rashtra Swayasevak Sangh (RSS) Narendra Modi became the Prime Minister of India in 2014. This book is an historical critique of issues and events from 2014 to mid-2021.It is a collection of editorials which the author published in that span of time in a monthly publication, the INSAF Bulletin. The subject matter of most of the articles traces the steady erosion of Indian democracy and a build-up towards turning India into a Hindu Rashtra (nation) as per the agenda of the RSS.
As the author writes in the Preface to the book “The trajectory of these essays owes a good deal to the evolution of a segment of the Left and progressive movement amongst Indian and South Asian diaspora in the US and Canada with which the author has been associated for over four decades”. One such federation of organizations from the US and Canada was the International South Asia Forum (INSAF) founded in 1999 in Montreal. The INSAF Bulletin started being published from May 2002 and continues to be published on a regular monthly basis till date. Its founding editor Daya Varma passed away in March 2015 and the author of this book has been the editor since then.
The author Vinod Mubayi, born in Lahore before Partition is a reputed American physicist of Indian origin. He did his BSc and MSc from Delhi university, received a PhD in Physics from Brandeis University, taught at Cornell University and was Research Fellow at the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR) before joining Brookhaven National Laboratory, Long Island, New York in 1976 from which he retired in 2015. A keen observer of socio-political events in India, Mubayi has been active in progressive groups in North America and was a founding member of Indian Peoples Association of North America (IPANA) in 1975 and also of INSAF in 1999.
The book was published in 2021 and is available for online purchase at: https://www.mediahouse.online/product/where-is-india-headed-an-historical-critique/