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Though India and Israel have held significantly different trajectories since both became states in 1947 and 1948, the recent collusion between the two states hold significant consequence for democracy, the rule of law and justice worldwide.

  • India is the biggest buyer of Israeli arms

  • India is replicating Israel’s settler-colonial policies in Kashmir

  • Both Israel and India use ‘the war on terror’ to vilify Muslims

  • Israel seeks to build and maintain a Jewish homeland, while the Hindu rightwing is determined to create a Hindu Rashtra, or Hindu state, etc, etc.

“The type of democratic state exemplified by Israel – and not Pakistan – is the model the Hindu nationalist movement, led by its core RSS organisation, aspires to establish in an Indian variant.” - Sumantra Bose, professor at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

About me:

I am a South African journalist with Middle East Eye based in New York. I have reported from across the African continent as well as from India and Kashmir. I am the author of Zuma’s Bastard (2010) (republished as The Moslems are coming in 2012). Follow me @AzadEssa. I am also the author of the forthcoming: “Hostile Homelands: The New Alliance between India and Israel (Pluto Books, 2023)

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Azad Essa

Journalist @MiddleEastEye. Previously @AJEnglish. Author of "Hostile Homelands: The New Alliance Between India and Israel" (Pluto Press)