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Saffron Wave : Democracy and Hindu Nationalism in Modern India

Saffron Wave : Democracy and Hindu Nationalism in Modern India - 99 edition

ISBN13: 978-0691006710

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ISBN13: 978-0691006710
ISBN10: 0691006717
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 99
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Published: 1999
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Saffron Wave : Democracy and Hindu Nationalism in Modern India - 99 edition

ISBN13: 978-0691006710

Thomas Blom Hansen

ISBN13: 978-0691006710
ISBN10: 0691006717
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 99
Publisher: Princeton University Press

Published: 1999
International: No
Summary

The rise of strong nationalist and religious movements in postcolonial and newly democratic countries alarms many Western observers. In The Saffron Wave, Thomas Hansen turns our attention to recent events in the world's largest democracy, India. Here he analyzes Indian receptivity to the rightwing 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 transformation has enabled such developments as political mobilization among the lower castes and civil protections for religious minorities. Against this backdrop, the Hindu nationalist movement has successfully articulated the anxieties and desires of the large and amorphous Indian middle class. A form of conservative populism, the movement has attracted not only privileged groups fearing encroachment on their dominant positions but also "plebeian" and impoverished groups seeking recognition around a majoritarian rhetoric of cultural pride, order, and national strength. Combining political theory, ethnographic material, and sensitivity to colonial and postcolonial history, The Saffron Wave offers fresh insights into Indian politics and, by focusing on the links between democracy and ethnic majoritarianism, advances our understanding of democracy in the postcolonial world.

Author Bio

Hansen, Thomas Blom : Roskilde University

Thomas Blom Hansen is Associate Professor in the Department of Geography and International Development Studies at Roskilde University in Denmark.

Table of Contents

Introduction. Hindu Nationalism and Democracy in India

1 Modernity, Nation, and Democracy in India
2 Imagining the Hindu Nation
3 Organizing the Hindu Nation
4 Democracy, Populism, and Governance in India in the 1980s
5 The Saffron Wave
6 Communal Identities at the Heart of the Nation
7 Hindu Nationalism, Democracy, and Globalization

Notes
Glossary
Bibliography
Index

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