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7: Hindu Nationalism in Colonial India

Seminar Questions:

1. To what extent was ‘Hindu nationalism’ a part of the anti-colonial movement?
2. Why has hostility to religious minorities been such a durable and defining feature of Hindu nationalism?

Seminar Readings:

1. Chetan Bhatt, Hindu Nationalism: Origins, Ideologies and Modern Myths (Oxford, 2001), cht. 2 and 3 (pp. 7-77)
Background Readings:
1. Christophe Jaffrelot: Hindu Nationalism: A Reader (Ranikhet, 2007)
2. Gyanendra Pandey, “Rallying Around the Cow: Sectarian Strife in the Bhojpuri Region, c.1888-1917”, in R.Guha (ed.), Subaltern Studies II (New Delhi, 1983), pp. 60-129
3. Thomas Blom Hansen, The Saffron Wave: Democracy and Hindu Nationalism in Modern India (Princeton, 1999)
4. P.K. Datta, Carving Blocs: Communal Ideology in Early Twentieth-Century Bengal (New Delhi, 1999)
5. Basu et al., Khaki Shorts and Saffron Flags: A Critique of the Hindu Right (Delhi, 1993)