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Saffron Semantics: The Struggle to Define Hindu Nationalism

Pathik Pathak

in The Future of Multicultural Britain

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print August 2008 | ISBN: 9780748635443
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748652877 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748635443.003.0003
Saffron Semantics: The Struggle to Define Hindu Nationalism

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This chapter relocates to India, the complementary rise of Hindutva, and neo-liberalism since the early 1990s. It reflects on the Left's struggles to categorise the threat posed by the Sangh Parivar, and why some commentators insisted on representing Hindutva as India's fascism. By relating Hindu nationalism's ascendancy with the growth of ‘Middle India’, the chapter concludes that it is more usefully described by the politics of majoritarianism.

Keywords: Hindutva; India; Sangh Parivar; Hindu nationalism; majoritarianism; Middle India

Chapter.  11806 words. 

Subjects: UK Politics

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