The hyper nationalism the ruling party is trying to propagate in India reminds one of what happened in Germany in the early years of last century.
Hitler used every thing, including science,scientific inventions and innovations, national history, culture, history of world civilizations and biography of past leaders to rouse extreme nationalist sentiments and marked those who did not agree with him as traitors to be punished. Explaining the Nazi program, Hitler said :
“The national state will look upon science as a means for increasing national pride. Not only world history, but also the history of civilization , must be taught from this point of view. The inventor should appear great, not merely as an inventor, but even more so as a fellow- countryman. Admiration for any great deed must be combined with pride because the fortunate doer of it is a member of our own nation. We must extract the greatest from the mass of great names in German history and place them before the youth in so impressive fashion that they may become the pillars of an unshakable nationalist sentiment.”
Branding those who do not conform to the majoritarian views as anti-national and any dissenting voice as unpatriotic, appropriating historical figures as their own, manipulating education system to suite their ideologies, converting epic characters into historical heroes etc., to incite pseudo-nationalistic feelings among the people- all point to this growing trait in India.
It is high time for us to learn lessons from history where this type of dangerous policy of Hitler led Germany and the world ultimately.