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13: Contemporary Hindutva

Seminar Questions:

1. Why did the Hindu Right grow so rapidly in the 1980s and 1990s?
2. Has the project of ‘Hindu Rashtra’ (Hindu nationhood) successfully altered Indian democracy?

Seminar Reading:

1. Chetan Bhatt, Hindu Nationalism (2001), chts. 5-7 (pp.113-209)

Background Readings:

1. B. Rajeshwari Communal Riots in India: A Chronology (1947-2003), Delhi, 2004
2. Partha Chatterjee, “How We Loved the Bomb And Later Rued It”, Economic and Political Weekly, 33:24 (1998)
3. Ornit Shani, Communalism, Caste and Hindu Nationalism: The Violence in Gujarat (Cambridge, 2007)
4. Arvind Rajagopal, Politics After Television: Hindu Nationalism and the Reshaping of the Public in India (Cambridge, 2004)