The Hindu Nationalist Movement and Indian Politics: 1925 to the 1990s : Strategies of Identity-building, Implantation and Mobilisation (with Special Reference to Central India)
Although The Peaceful, Inward-Looking Doctrine Of The Hindu Religion Hardly Seems To Lend Itself To Endemic Nationalism, A Phenomenal Surge Of Militant Hinduism Has Taken Place Over The Last Ten Years In India. Indeed, The Electoral Success Of The Hindu Nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (Bjp) Has Proven Beyond Doubt That These Forces Now Pose A Significant Threat To India S Secular Character.
In A Historically Rich, Detailed Account Of The Hindu Nationalist Movement In India Since The 1920S, Christopher Jaffrelot Explores How Rapid Changes In The Political, Social, And Economic Climate Have Made India Fertile Soil For The Growth Of The Primary Arm Of Hindu Nationalism, A Paramilitary-Style Group Known As The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (Rss), Together With Its Political Offshoots. He Shows How The Hindu Movement Uses Religion To Enter The Political Sphere, And Argues That The Ideology They Speak For Has Less To Do With Hindu Philosophy Than With Ethnic Nationalism
The Hindu Nationalist Movement And Indian Politics Makes A Major Contribution To The Study Of The Genesis And Development Of Religious Nationalism, And Is Essential Reading For Anyone Who Seeks To Comprehend The Spread Of Endemic Conflict.
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This is arguably the best book available on Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and its affiliates, which include the Bharatiya Janata Party that is in power at the Central Government of India in 2014. Christophe Jaffrelot has essentially spent his entire career studying the movement and its implications, and his in-depth analysis and insight is invaluable.
STIGMATISING AND EMULATING THREATENING
THE STRATEGY OF ETHNORELIGIOUS
Nehru and the Hindu traditionalists
The further marginalisation of the Hindu Mahasabha
OSCILLATION AND HYBRIDISATION
The dual constraints of the Congress system
The attempt at Hindu mobilisation
THE MAKING OF A HINDU VOTE?
populism political bhakti
the activists in the forefront
AND RETAIN POWER
THE PARADOX OF THE RAMJANMABHOOMI
an ambivalent tactic
The strategy of ethnoreligious mobilisation in question
From dogmatism to pragmatism?
Ethnoreligious mobilisation under a double
Electoral progress and increased reliance on notables
Electoral alliances and coalition governments
THE CONTRADICTIONS OF THE 1970s
The central governments fight against communalism
THE HINDU NATIONALISTS IN THE J P MOVEMENT
THE IMPOSSIBLE ASSIMILATION
THE CONVERGENCE OF HINDU NATIONALIST
Notabilised swayamsevaks and ideological notables
The RSSs reservations regarding the BJP
THE HINDU SENSE OF VULNERABILITY
The VHP and building the Hindu nation against the Other
THE B J P HELD IN CHECK IN THE HINDI BELT
The difficulty of exploiting the Ayodhya issue
The BJP in Uttar Pradesh Himachal Pradesh Rajasthan
Populism and the 19945 state elections
Will tensions emerge in the Sangh parivar?
Performance of the Jana Sangh and the BJP in Vidhan