Vishva Hindu Parishad and Indian Politics
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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Transition to Mass Activism 33
A NonElectoral Actor in Indian Politics
Demolishing the Babri Masjid
Deaths in Communal Riots
Conversions and Reconversions
ServiceCentres Run by the Vanvasi Kalyan Ashram
Number and Organisational Affiliation of Interviewed
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