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Saffronization or saffronisation is an Indian political neologism (named after the saffron robes worn by Hindu sannyasis[1]) used by critics[2][3] and others[1][4] to refer to the policies of right-wing Hindu nationalists (Hindutva) that seek to recall and glorify ancient Hindu cultural history (the term "Hindu" in their view encompassing "dharmic" religions including Hinduism and the Sikh, Jain and Buddhist traditions), while de-emphasizing the more recent Islamic or Christian contributions.[need quotation to verify][5] On the other hand Murli Manohar Joshi, a leading member of the Bharatiya Janata Party, said saffronisation means to go back to the holy traditions of India.[1]

A related neologism, the Saffron Brigade, has been used[6][7][8] by critics to label organizations in India that promote Hindu nationalism such as the Sangh Parivar. It is used to allege a "militant Hindu fundamentalist agenda" behind the politics and actions of right-wing Hindu organizations.

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  1. ^ a b c In fact, saffron is the colour that represents the very ethos and psyche of this country. Saffronisation means to go back to the holy traditions of this country. Statement by former Indian Human Resource Development Minister, Dr Murli Manohar Joshi "'Do they understand the meaning of saffronisation? We have made education the most vibrant growth segment' (Interview with Dr Murli Manohar Joshi)". Dharma Universe. 6 June 2004. 
  2. ^ "Saffronisation: Activists rip through Textbook Society's defence". The Deccan Herald. 14 February 2012. Archived from the original on 8 March 2012. 
  3. ^ Raghavan, B. S. (12 September 2001). "Saffronisation". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 14 May 2007. 
  4. ^ We are unable to accept the contention of the learned counsel for the appellants that the prescription of Jyotir Vigyan as a course of study has the effect of saffronising education or that it in any manner militates against the concept of secularism which is part of the basic structure of the Constitution and is essential for the governance of the country. opinion of the Indian Supreme Court in "Supreme Court: Bhargava v. University Grants Commission, Case No.: Appeal (civil) 5886 of 2002". Archived from the original on 12 March 2005.  cited Negi, S. S. (15 June 2004). "Teaching of astrology no promotion of religion: SC". The Tribune (Chandigarh, India). Archived from the original on 28 June 2004. 
  5. ^ Encyclopedia of Religious Freedom, Catharine Cookson (ed.), Taylor & Francis, 2003, ISBN 978-0-415-94181-5, p. 180
  6. ^ "2003: Indian Muslim Statements: Indian Muslim Federation (UK)". Milli Gazette. 12 January 2003. Archived from the original on 9 September 2003. 
  7. ^ Surjeet, Harkishan Singh (16 September 1999). "Saffron Brigade Bares Its Fangs". Ganashakti Newsmagazine. Archived from the original on 11 May 2003. 
  8. ^ Saffron brigade focusses only on past and have a blank agenda for India's future. "BJP crisis lies in its inability to take up issues concerning people, says CPI(M)". The Hindu. 15 July 2005. Archived from the original on 12 May 2006.