Contesting the Nation: Religion, Community, and the Politics of Democracy in India

Contesting the Nation: Religion, Community, and the Politics of Democracy in India

by David Ludden
     
 

ISBN-10: 0812215850

ISBN-13: 9780812215854

Pub. Date: 04/01/1996

Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press, Inc.

Today, powerful political forces seek to make the Indian state Hindu. Their rising influence since 1980 has occurred during a period of radical change in Indian society and politics, and has been accomplished by electoral means as well as by organized violence. The 1996 elections will be a major test of their power and of the influence of Hindu majoritarianism

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Today, powerful political forces seek to make the Indian state Hindu. Their rising influence since 1980 has occurred during a period of radical change in Indian society and politics, and has been accomplished by electoral means as well as by organized violence. The 1996 elections will be a major test of their power and of the influence of Hindu majoritarianism among the Indian electorate.

Animated by a sense of urgency that was heightened by the massive violence following the destruction of the Babri mosque in Ayodhya on December 6, 1992, Contesting the Nation explores Hindu majoritarian politics over the last century and its dramatic reformulation during the decline of the Congress Party in the 1980s. Twelve prominent scholars from India, Europe, and the United States provide perspectives from the fields of political science, religious studies, ethnomusicology, history, art history, and anthropology, comparing trends in India with ethnic, religious, and cultural movements in other parts of the world.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780812215854
Publisher:
University of Pennsylvania Press, Inc.
Publication date:
04/01/1996
Series:
South Asia Seminar
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
360
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.91(d)

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments
List of Abbreviations
Introduction. Ayodhya: A Window on the World1
1The Iconography of Rama's Chariot27
2Mass Movement or Elite Conspiracy? The Puzzle of Hindu Nationalism55
3Communal Mobilization and Changing Majority in Uttar Pradesh81
4Mass Media: Images, Mobilization, and Communalism98
5Music, the Media, and Communal Relations in North India, Past and Present119
6Soldier Monks and Militant Sadhus140
7Imagining Hindurashtra: The Hindu and the Muslim in Bankim Chandra's Writings162
8The Myth of Unity: Colonial and National Narratives185
9Contesting in Public: Colonial Legacies and Contemporary Communalism211
10Communalism and Modernity235
11Writing Violence250
12Indian Nationalism and the Politics of Hindutva270
Glossary295
Bibliography307
List of Contributors337
Index341

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