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Coalition Politics and Hindu Nationalism
     

Coalition Politics and Hindu Nationalism

by Katharine Adeney
 

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This new collection examines the emergence of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in India and the ways in which its Hindu nationalist agenda has been affected by the constraints of being a dominant member of a coalition government.

Religious influence in contemporary politics offers a fertile ground for political-sociological analysis, especially in societies

Overview

This new collection examines the emergence of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in India and the ways in which its Hindu nationalist agenda has been affected by the constraints of being a dominant member of a coalition government.

Religious influence in contemporary politics offers a fertile ground for political-sociological analysis, especially in societies where religion is a very important source of collective identity. In South Asian societies religion can, and often has, provided legitimacy to both governments and those who oppose them. This book examines the emergence of the BJP and the ways in which its Hindu nationalist agenda has been affected by the constraints of being a dominant member of a coalition government. The collected authors take stock of the party's first full term in power, presiding over the diverse forces of the governing NDA coalition, and the 2004 elections. They assess the BJP's performance in relation to its stated goals, and more specifically how it has fared in a range of policy fields - centre-state relations, foreign policy, defence policies, the 'second generation' of economic reforms, initiatives to curb corruption and the fate of minorities.

Explicitly linking the volume to literature on coalition politics, this book will be of great importance to students and researchers in the fields of South Asian studies and politics.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
'Combining the 'political science' literature with empirical and ethnographic works on South Asia, the introduction is followed by a tour de force of leading writers, each making a useful contribution.' - Vernon Hewitt, Political Studies Review, Volume 5, Number 3, September 2007

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781134239788
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
04/11/2007
Series:
Routledge Advances in South Asian Studies
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
312
File size:
959 KB

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