‘Right wing terror a challenge to democracy’

New Delhi: Social activists on Tuesday raised apprehensions over the rise of right wing terror organisations and said these groups pose a grave threat to the nation's traditional ethos.

The activists where speaking at the book launch of 'The Saffron Condition' and 'Godse's Children' by Subash Gatade.

Senior Journalist Javed Naqvi said there is an upsurge of right wing terror in India and it has clear international links. "India has always been place for communal and caste politics and it continues to be so," he said.

"We are confronting a deep state. The problem is that intelligence agencies are hand in glove with the Hindutva groups," he alleged.

Prof Nivedita Menon of Centre for Comparative Politics and political theory at JNU warned that popular dissent in the society was being either totally marginalised or outplayed likewise to divide people for partisan politics.

"There is a dual policy...the motive of these right wing organisations is not just to terrorise and polarise society but also to make sure to marginalise minorities and lower sections of our society."

Gatade said, "I have been writing on saffron terror for some time now. However, then I realised that I should write a book on subject as it is more substantive and have far greater impact."