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Saffron Wave Democracy and Hindu Nationalism in Modern India

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ISBN-10: 0691006717

ISBN-13: 9780691006710

Edition: 1999

Authors: Thomas Blom Hansen

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The rise of strong nationalist and religious movements in postcolonial and newly democratic countries alarms many Western observers. InThe Saffron Wave,Thomas Hansen turns our attention to recent events in the world's largest democracy, India. Here he analyzes Indian receptivity to the right-wing Hindu nationalist party and its political wing, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which claims to create a polity based on "ancient" Hindu culture. Rather than interpreting Hindu nationalism as a mainly religious phenomenon, or a strictly political movement, Hansen places the BJP within the context of the larger transformations of democratic governance in India. Hansen demonstrates that democratic…    
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List price: $50.00
Copyright year: 1999
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 4/12/1999
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 304
Size: 6.42" wide x 9.13" long x 0.70" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

Introduction: Hindu Nationalism and Democracy in India
Hindu Nationalism and Postcolonial Trajectories of Democracy
Hindu Nationalism and the Imaginings of India
About This Book
Modernity, Nation, and Democracy in India
The Democratic Revolution
Social Antagonisms and Politics
Discourse and the Analysis of Politics
Governance and Nationalism in Colonial India
Colonial Governmentalities
India as a Cultural Nation
Competing Nationalist Discourses
Producing Citizens and Communities in Independent India
Imagining the Hindu Nation
Ideology and the Impossibility of Identities
Objectification of Communities
Inversion of Orientalist Epistemology
Semitization of Hinduism
From Hindu Community to "Hindu Nation"
Hindutva and the "Lack" in the Hindus
The Nation as Fullness and Purity: M. S. Golwalkar
In the Gandhian Garb: Deendayal Upadhyaya and "Integral Humanism"
Constructing the "Founding Myth"
Conclusion: Hindu Nationalism and Democratic Revolution
Organizing the Hindu Nation
Culture versus Politics
The Sangh Parivar
Sevikas in Thane City
Hindu Missionaries at the Frontier
Cohesion, Leadership, and Control in the Sangh Parivar
Constituencies and Strategies of the Sangh Parivar
The "Sangha" Citadel in Pune
Lower Castes for a Higher Cause
The Sangh Parivar in the Political Field
Ambiguities of Politics
Democracy, Populism, and Governance in India in the 1980s
Populism and the Transformation of Governance
Competing Populisms
The Rise of the Other Backward Classes as a Political Identity
Caste and the Impurities of Politics
Religious Symbols in the Political Field
Muslim Minoritization
A Hegemonial Crisis
The Saffron Wave
Toward a National Hinduism
BJP as a New Beginning
Communalizing the Political Field
Patriotic Bricks
Contingencies of Electoral Politics
Opening Other Fronts
Roadside Patriotism
Ayodhya and Organized Communalism
The Demolition of Babri Masjid and After
The Disjunction of Agitational and Electoral Politics
Hindutva and Respectability
Political Imaginaries in Suburbia
After the Wave
Communal Identities at the Heart of the Nation
The Normal and the Pathological
Violence and Communal Consciousness
Communal Subjects and Political Action
Hindu Nationalism, Democracy, and Globalization
Hindu Nationalism and Governance
Hindu Nationalism and Democracy
Hindu Nationalism and Globalization
Democracy and Xenophobias in India