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Hindu Nationalism and Indian Politics
Hindu Nationalism and Indian Politics

Hindu Nationalism and Indian Politics

by John Zavos

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English

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Oxford University Press

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0195669649 - Year: 2004 - Pages: 974

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Hardcover

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Author: John Zavos
Thomas Blom Hansen/Christophe Jaffrelot
Editor(s): Pratap Bhanu Mehta
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Year: 2004
Language: English
Pages: 974
ISBN/UPC (if available): 0195669649

Description

The rise and growth of Hindu nationalism is the salient feature of contemporary Indian politics. This omnibus brings together the best scholarship on Hindu nationalism, its organizational forms, political strategies, ideological claims, social base, and its relationship to other variants of nationalism. Meticulously researched and lucidly written, each of the three books included here, provides a wealth of empirical material and theoretical insights on this phenomenon.

Pratap Bhanu Mehta’s thought-provoking introduction, especially written for this volume, examines the idea of Hindu nationalism and situates the three books in the present context.

While complementing each other, the volumes offer a powerful and persuasive analysis of the politics of Hindutva and its prospects. John Zavos’ The emergence of Hindu Nationalism in India traces its origins in the early part of the twentieth century, and enumerates the different political idioms and organizational strategies it employed. Thomas Blom Hansen’s the Saffron wave places it in the modern context and reflects on the relationship between Hindu nationalism and other forms of nationalism and democracy. Christophe Jaffrelot and Thomas Blom Hansen in The BJP and the Compulsions of Politics in India bring together scholarly studies on the B JP’s political strategies in the context of electoral politics. The book analyses the party’s political trajectories at the regional as well as the national level and the specific challenges it faces.

At a time when the political resilience of Hindu nationalism is again in focus, these works will engage both the scholar and the general reader. This omnibus is a unique resource for students of modern history and politics, as also for policy-makers, analysts, and journalists.

REVIEWS

This omnibus edition of three outstanding studies by leading scholars of Indian politics provides a timely but enduring contribution to scholarship about the place of Hindu nationalist politics in
India’s public life.
-Lloyd I Rudolph and Susanne Hoeber Rudolph, University of Chicago

Hindu nationalism is undeniably a formidable force in Indian politics today. Its true character and future trajectory remain mired in controversy and dispute. A compendium of three remarkable books, this omnibus, more than any single text, allows one to make sense of Hindu nationalist ideology and politics. Not only are some of the best scholars of Hindu nationalism presented here, but we also have a new, politically insightful and intellectually fascinating introduction.
-Ashutosh Varshney, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

This omnibus usefully brings, between a single pair of covers, some of the best scholarship on the ideology and politics of Hindu nationalism.
-Naraja Gopal Jayal, Jawaharlal Nehru University

Contents

INTRODUCTION TO THE OMNIBUS

The Emergence of Hindu Nationalism in India
JOHN ZAVOS

THE SAFFRON WAVE
Democracy and Hindu Nationalism in Modern India
THOMAS BLOM HANSEN

The BJP and the Compulsions of Politics in India
EDITED BY CHRISTOPHE JAFFRELOT AND THOMAS BLOM HANSEN

PART I

NOTE ON ORHOGRAPHY

INTRODUCTION
Situating the Ideology of Hindu Nationalism

The State and the Hindu Religion in the Nineteenth Century

Indian Nationalism and Representations of Hinduism towards the End of the Nineteenth Century

Imagining the Constituency of Hindus in the Early Twentieth Century

Contextualizing Hindu Nationalism:
The Development of Political Discourse in the Post-War Years

Organization and the Development of Hindu Nationalism in the Twenties

Conclusion

Glossary of Indian Terms

Bibliography

Index

PART II

INTRODUCTION
Hindu Nationalism and Democracy in India

Modernity, Nation, and Democracy in India

Imagining the Hindu Nation

Organizing the Hindu Nation

Democracy, Populism, and Governance in India in the 1980s

The saffron Wave

Communal Identities at the heart of the Nation

Hindu Nationalism, Democracy, and Globalization

Notes Glossary

Bibliography

Index

PART III

LIST OF CONTRIBUTORS

INTRODUCTION
The Rise to Power of the BJP Thomas Blom Hansen and Christophe Jaffrelot

BJP AND THE CASTE BARRIER: BEYOND THE TWICE-BORN?

The Sangh Parivar Between Sanskritization and Social Engineering

The BJP in Uttar Pradesh: From Hindutva to Consensual Politics?

Rajput Hindutva, Caste Politics, Regional Identity and Hindu Nationalism in Contemporary Rajasthan

A HINDI-BELT PARTY OR A NATINAL PARTY?

BJP and the Politics of Hindutva in Maharashtra

Southern Discomfort: The BJP in Karnataka

Bounded Nationalism: Kerala and the Social and Regional Limits of Hindutva

The Akalis and BJP in Punjab: From Ayodhya to the 1997 Legislative Assembly Election

DIVIDED THEY STAND

The BJP’s Riddle in Gujarat: Caste, Factionalism and Hindutva

BJP and the Challenge of Factionlism in Madhya Pradesh

The Ethics of Hindutva and the Spirit of Capitalism

AFTERWORD

The BJP at the Centre:

A Central and Centrist Party?

Index

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