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Introduction

Nikita Sud

in Liberalization, Hindu Nationalism and the State

Published in print June 2012 | ISBN: 9780198076933
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199080908 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198076933.003.0001
Introduction

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As India’s contemporary growth story occupies the international spotlight, this book sets out to investigate the political, social and developmental complexities of this process. For empirical depth, it focuses on Gujarat in western India, which presents an intriguing combination of economic liberalism and political illiberalism. The introductory chapter sets out the research questions through which Gujarat’s trajectories of liberalization and Hindu nationalism are to be explored. Since the career of the state is at the heart of the investigation, a theoretical map of this entity is laid out. Chapter outlines are then provided and a brief survey of the literature is undertaken.

Keywords: India; Gujarat; liberalization; Hindu nationalism; state theory

Chapter.  6719 words. 

Subjects: Indian Politics

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