It is not as simple a binary as it is appears to be: national versus the so called “anti-national”. There are dark underlying forces at play that seek to create ghettos of the mind. Let’s make it clear that it is the nationalist Hindutva groups that call the Other “anti-nationals” in a bid to create a perception that some Indians are more Indian than the Other.
The More Indian is being projected as the pure Indian, the true nationalists, who are the upholders of a united Bharat Mata. While the imputations against the Other (the ones who are called beef-eating anti-national) are that the impure, lazy strain feeds off the fat of the land and do nothing except try to divide India geographically.
These loud accusations are accompanied by mob hysteria and murderous violence. And a fear is engineered that the idea of India will disintegrate unless India is protected from the enemy. So an illusionary enemy is created and to do so national is pitted against the so called anti-national, non beef-eater against beef eater, Hindu against Muslim, Hindu against Christian, Dalit against Muslim, Hindu against Dalit, egalitarian society against reservation, dying soldiers against student politics, the true tolerant against the pseudo- tolerant, the good Indian actor against the anti-national actor and so on and so forth… And then to make the illusion look real an enemy is identified.