August 12, 2021

IntelBrief: Tensions Regarding National Identity Heighten Long-Term Security Risks in India

(AP Photo/Ajit Solanki)


  • On August 10, Indian police arrested six men in connection with alleged violent anti-Muslim slogans shouted at a weekend protest in Delhi. 
  • The Hindu nationalist approach adopted by India’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has gained broad acceptance in recent years.
  • A recent Pew survey shows that many Indians limit social interactions to their own religion and caste and oppose interreligious and inter-caste marriage.
  • The Pew survey results reveal that roughly 64% of Hindu respondents believe that it is very important to be Hindu to be truly Indian, challenging the foundational identity of the state as a secular democracy.