7. My informants were well read in literatures that affirmed and contradicted their position, as there were pamphlets and thought pieces circulated amongst the Hindu fundamentalist community that directly replied to the arguments of scholarly and journalistic entities writing against Hindutva. One thought piece even cited parts of Fundamentalisms Observed (Marty and Appleby 1991), in which it was reported that Judeo-Christian fundamentalisms are more missionizing than a movement like Hindu fundamentalism. The VHP pamphlet used the scholarly work to eke out an argument that Hindu fundamentalism was “better” than Islamic and Christian fundamentalisms.

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