Aryavarta and Silicon Valley

Vinay Lal

in The History of History

Published in print June 2005 | ISBN: 9780195672442
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199081929 | DOI:
Aryavarta and Silicon Valley

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This chapter explores how the politics of Hinduism has played itself out in cyberspace and how Hinduism itself gradually merged into Hindutva politics. It considers the Indian diaspora in the United States, where nearly 1.7 million Indians, most of them Hindus, reside. It then discusses the state of democracy and authoritarianism in cyberspace. It argues that cyberspace has become the true home of those Indians in North America who imagine themselves as the authentic Aryans. It looks at the predominance of Indians in Silicon Valley, and suggests that Hinduism and the Internet were made for each other. The chapter analyses the websites of the Hindu Students Council, the Vishwa Hindu Parishad of America, the Global Hindu Electronic Network, and other similar organizations to show how the work of earlier generations of Hindu nationalist historians has acquired a new and dangerous kind of urgency and plausibility.

Keywords: cyberspace; Hinduism; United States; Silicon Valley; Internet; politics; Hindutva; Indian diaspora; democracy; authoritarianism

Chapter.  18521 words. 

Subjects: Theory, Methods, and Historiography

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