This recent '#Notinmyname' campaign-led protests , which are being held today in several major cities, are part of the problem and here's why. The country wide protests against the recent lynchings of Muslims over beef and, by extension, against Hindutva itself, base themselves on the fact that these lynchings are not done in the name of Hinduism and that Hindutva does not represent Hinduism. And of course these movements are led and organised by primarily upper class Savarna (upper caste) Hindus. This movement is not a movement against fascism but it is a movement to make clear to the minorities that not all Hindus are bad, that there are many liberal Hindus out there who are good and that Hinduism itself is not the problem. Such people will loudly proclaim that Hindutva is not Hinduism and Hinduism is better than this. This can be called the Indian version of the #NotallMen movement. They seek to 'reclaim' Hinduism from Hindutva, all the while ignoring the oppressive system, that they are on top of.
But this is wrong. When one talks about Hindutva, a certain word comes to mind- Brahminism. Brahminism is at the core of the Hindu religion and of its scriptures. Brahminism is the root of Hindutva and Hinduism without Brahminism does not exist. These liberals will not address this issue and would rather talk about the symptoms of Hinduism than call out the cause itself. You will not talk about the systems of oppression and exploitation that Hinduism has put into place- the oppression of religious minorities, Dalits, Adivasis and women. You will not speak up against the system that guarantees you a place in the elite. You will not question their own privilege. Is caste oppression not done in your name? Is the patriarchy not active in your name then? Are all these forms of oppression not done in your name then if you believe that Hinduism is not the problem? This is what is wrong with our country's liberals. They are as Brahminnical as the right and probably even more toxic. This upper class Savarna movement is undeserving of our attention or support as Ambedkarite Leftists. It is not a people's movement, it is an upper class elitist movement.