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Vishva Hindu Parishad and Indian Politics
Vishva Hindu Parishad and Indian Politics

Vishva Hindu Parishad and Indian Politics

by Manjari Katju

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Language

English

Publisher

Orient Longman

ISBN

812502476X - Year: 2003 - Pages: 186

Binding

Hardcover

Manjari Katju

Author: Manjari Katju
Publisher: Orient Longman
Year: 2003
Language: English
Pages: 186
ISBN/UPC (if available): 812502476X

Description

Rich in empirical data, this work provides a detailed historical account of the VHP, and focuses on its transformation from a loosely knit body of Hindus into a mass organization actively involved in mobilizing the urban middle classes, service professionals and religious leaders for the creation and promotion of a strong Hindu nation.

Vishva Hindu Parishad and Indian Politics provides a detailed historical account of the VHP, one of the leading organizations in the Hindutva movement. It focuses on the VHP’s transformation from a loosely knit body of Hindus aimed at preserving and promoting Hindu dharma, into a mass organization actively involved in mobilizing the urban middle classes, service professionals and religious leaders for the creation and promotion of a strong Hindu nation.

In elaborating this transformation, Manjari Katju specifically looks at: the VHP’s programmes immediately prior to the demolition of the Babri Mosque and in its immediate aftermath; the aggressive and communal idiom employed by it during the nineties; its contestation of the secular structure of the Indian state; its negative politicization of the activities of the Christian missionaries, and crucially, the changing relations between the VHP and the RSS, on the one hand, and the BJP, on the other, which informs the analysis of this transformation.

Rich in empirical data, the book contains extensive quotations from fifty interviews carried out for this study, including those with central figures in the VHP such as Praveen Togadia and Ashok Singhal and members of related organizations. For all those who seek to know more about the VHP and to understand the ideological and political space occupied by Hindutva in recent years, this book is a must read.

Contents

List of Tables

Preface

Abbreviations

Introduction

The Early Years

Transition to Mass Activism

A Non-Electoral Actor in Indian Politics

Demolishing the Babri Masjid

Post-Demolition Consolidation

Conversions and Reconversions

Conclusion

Appendix I

Appendix II

Appendix III

Appendix IV

Appendix V

Glossary

Bibliography

Index

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