1. The camp was run by members of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad and the Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh (the diaspora version of the infamous Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, which was temporarily banned after members planned and executed Mohandas Gandhi's murder), which are part of the Hindutva (Hindu-ness) family. As part of the Hindutva movement, the VHP and HSS discourse hinges on a strictly Hindu nationalism that stands in opposition to “foreign” minority religious groups in India, notably Christians and Muslims. For more on Hindutva, see Kurien 2004, Hansen 1999, McKean 1996, Prashad 2000, and Tambiah 1996.

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