In a wide ranging and at times rambling 55-minute interview to Karan Thapar for The Wire Chetan Bhagat said the hard right – which he said is different from the hindu right – threatens India’s interests. This is because they want things “that (will) truly harm India’s growth prospects”. He said: ““They are noisy and unruly. They want permanent conflict, frequent bashing of muslims and frankly things that truly harm India’s growth prospects.”
Chetan Bhagat told The Wire that becoming a Hindu Rashtra will not give India a glorious future. He said attempts to create one “will destroy investment, business sentiment and harmony”. More importantly, he added, “a prosperous Hindu Rashtra is an impossibility”. The Hindu Rashtra concept harkens back to an alleged golden age and turns it back on science, modern thinking and economic development.