The Saffron Wave: Democracy and Hindu Nationalism in Modern India

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Contents
Introduction. Hindu Nationalism and Democracy in India 3
Hindu Nationalism and Postcolonial Trajectories of Democracy5
Hindu Nationalism and the Imaginings of India10
About This Book14
1.
Modernity, Nation, and Democracy in India 16
The Democratic Revolution20
Social Antagonisms and Politics22
Discourse and the Analysis of Politics24
Governance and Nationalism in Colonial India29
Colonial Governmentalities31
India as a Cultural Nation39
Competing Nationalist Discourses44
Producing Citizens and Communities in Independent India46
Conclusion57
2.
Imagining the Hindu Nation 60
Ideology and the Impossibility of Identities60
Objectification of Communities65
Inversion of Orientalist Epistemology67
Semitization of Hinduism71
From Hindu Community to “Hindu Nation”74
Hindutva and the “Lack” in the Hindus77
The Nation as Fullness and Purity: M. S. Golwalkar80
In the Gandhian Garb: Deendayal Upadhyaya and “Integral Humanism”84
Constructing the “Founding Myth”86
Conclusion: Hindu Nationalism and Democratic Revolution88
3.
Organizing the Hindu Nation 90
Culture versus Politics92
The Sangh Parivar96
Sevikas in Thane City 99
Hindu Missionaries at the Frontier 104
Cohesion, Leadership, and Control in the Sangh Parivar107
Constituencies and Strategies of the Sangh Parivar115
The “Sangha” Citadel in Pune 116
Lower Castes for a Higher Cause 122

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  • Contents *
  • The Saffron Wave *
  • Introduction - Hindu Nationalism and Democracy in India 3
  • 1 - Modernity, Nation, and Democracy in India 16
  • 2 - Imagining the Hindu Nation 60
  • 3 - Organizing the Hindu Nation 90
  • 4 - Democracy, Populism, and Governance in India in the 1980s 134
  • 5 - The Saffron Wave 154
  • 6 - Communal Identities at the Heart of the Nation 200
  • 7 - Hindu Nationalism, Democracy, and Globalization 218
  • Notes 239
  • Glossary 269
  • Bibliography 273
  • Index 289
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