Vishva Hindu Parishad and Indian Politics

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Orient Blackswan, 2003 - Hinduism and politics - 186 pages
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Vishva Hindu Parishad and Indian Politics provides a detailed historical account of the VHP, one of the leading organisations in the Hindutva movement, focusing on its transformation from a loosely-knit body of Hindus aimed at preserving and promoting Hindu dharma, into a mass organisation actively involved in mobilising the urban middle classes, service professionals and religious leaders for the creation and promotion of a strong Hindu nation. 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 organisations.
 

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Contents

Transition to Mass Activism 33
32
Tables
36
A NonElectoral Actor in Indian Politics
61
Demolishing the Babri Masjid
88
Deaths in Communal Riots
100
PostDemolition Consolidation
113
Conversions and Reconversions
127
ServiceCentres Run by the Vanvasi Kalyan Ashram
131
Conclusion
142
Number and Organisational Affiliation of Interviewed
148
Appendix III
161
Index
183
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