The public face of Hindu nationalism
UNSPECIFIED. (2000) The public face of Hindu nationalism. ETHNIC AND RACIAL STUDIES, 23 (3). pp. 442-466. ISSN 0141-9870Full text not available from this repository.
This article maps some of the salient ways in which the tenets of Hindu nationalism are being disseminated and made acceptable within British politics and within the core of social living among various communities in Britain. It examines specific institutional sites through which a politicized Hindutva community is forged: the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (UK), the vernacular press, and the Swaminarayan temple in north London. It argues that the "familiar-familial'' space occupied by religious preachers draws large numbers of believers into the Hindutva fold. The article demonstrates the role of the vernacular press in constructing an articulate political community in Britain which silences criticisms of Hindu nationalist aggression in India. It draws out the connections between violence against religious minorities in India with the assertion of a global Hindu pride, and argues that the latter is founded upon a curious anti-racist and anti-imperialist discourse. It concludes that the intellectual project of the Hindu right is to shift the basis of ethical judgements, insert the trope of "Hindu hurt" within British politics and reconfigure the nature of political identities.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Subjects:||G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
|Journal or Publication Title:||ETHNIC AND RACIAL STUDIES|
|Official Date:||May 2000|
|Number of Pages:||25|
|Page Range:||pp. 442-466|
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