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Making India Hindu
Making India Hindu

Making India Hindu

by David Ludden

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Language

English

Publisher

Oxford University Press

ISBN

0195672488 - Year: 2005 - Pages: 350

Binding

Hardcover

David Ludden

Author: David Ludden
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Year: 2005
Language: English
Pages: 350
ISBN/UPC (if available): 0195672488

Description

The rise of Hindu nationalism in India has been an integral feature of political developments and cultural change over the last few decades. Accomplished by electoral means as well as by aggressive politics and vast media influence, the ascendancy of Hindutva has been the focus of serious attention in academic debates.

Written in the aftermath of the Babri Masjid demolition, Making India Hindu brings together the work of eminent scholars to provide an interdisciplinary perspective on communalism in India.

With an in-depth Introduction and a new Preface, these essays show how Hindutva’s spreading and deepening influence ahs drawn sustenance from cultural trends that permeate modern India history and from multifarious media that propagate Hindutva.

While the first edition helped explain the rise of Hindutva across the world in the 1980s, the second edition, updated to the 2004 elections, highlights the direct and indirect operations of Hindutva within India’s political mainstream.

An incisive analysis of current events by Ludden and a thoroughly revised bibliography make the second edition of this classic a significant read for historians, political scientists, and students and scholars interested in the role of politics, religion, and nationalism in South Asia.

REVIEWS

The most encouraging feature of this book is the willingness of so many established scholars to confront the inescapable mystery of the phenomenon of communalism. The richness of the resultant fare is, for once, commensurate with the legitimately baffling complexity of the phenomenon.
-Alok Rai, The Book Review

Seeks to provide a window on the world of conflict that developed inside nationalism around the globe in the 1980s.
-Harsh Sethi, The Hindu

It presents an array of different opinions and enables the problem to be seen from different perspectives and through different intellectual lenses.
-H Y Sharada Prasad, Biblio

Contents

PREFACE TO THE SECOND EDITION

PREFACE AND ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

LIST OF ABBREVIATIONS

INTRODUCTION
Ayodhya: A Window on the World

PART 1: MOBILIZING HINDUTVA

The Iconography of Rama's Chariot

Mass Movement or Elite Conspiracy? The Puzzle of Hindu Nationalism

Communal Mobilization and Changing Majority in Uttar Pradesh

Mass Media: Images, Mobilization, and Communalism

PART 2: GENEALOGIES OF HINDU AND MUSLIM

Music, the Media, and Communal Relations in North India, Past and Present

Soldier Monks and Militant Sadhus

Imagining Hindurashtra: The Hindu and the Muslim in Bankim Chandra's Writings

The Myth of Unity: Colonial and National Narratives

PART 3: COMMUNITY AND CONFLICT

Contesting in Public: Colonial Legacies and Contemporary Communalism

Communalism and Modernity

Writing Violence

Indian Nationalism and the Politics of Hindutva

GLOSSARY

BIBLIOGRAPHY

LIST OF CONTRIBUTORS

INDEX

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