The Harmful Role of Religious Nationalist Groups in Developing Democracies: Investigating the Bharatiya Janata Party in India and the Zionist Movement in Israel

Thahitun Mariam


“Israel and India were both founded as democracies and adapted the parliamentary system of governance from the British. Since inception, both states have had two large groups of ethnic and religious minorities living within their borders. Israel has 19.5% Arab-Palestinians and India has a total approximation of 13.4% Muslim minority population till date. Thus, both nations share similar experiences in appropriately addressing minority groups’ rights and contesting between adapting secular or religious governing laws which would be compatible with their democratic principles.”


bjp; india; zionism; israel; comparative; global studies; communal violence; religious minority

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