How did Jai Shri Ram become a call for violence?

By Suchitra Vijayan

24 August 2021

In this video, Suchitra Vijayan examines how the chant Jai Sri Ram became a call for violence in India. She explores the historical context to the term and how it has emerged as a call to not only signify a muscular Hindu Rashtra but to also construct and define a certain kind of Hindu nation on the BJP and Sangh’s terms.


Suchitra Vijayan is a barrister, researcher and the author of Midnight’s Borders: A People’s History of Modern India. She is the Executive Director of The Polis Project and tweets at @suchitrav.

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