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Fascinating Hindutva: Saffron Politics and Dalit Mobilisation

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Fascinating Hindutva examines how, aided by other Hindutva forces like RSS and VHP, the strategies of BJP for mobilizing dalits rests on reinterpreting their Hindu past and unifying them under the metanarrative of Hindutva. It is an exploration of the fascinating tactics used by the Hindutva forces to politically mobilize individual dalit castes like the Nishads, Musahars and Dusadhs by saffronising their heroes.
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Overview

Fascinating Hindutva examines how, aided by other Hindutva forces like RSS and VHP, the strategies of BJP for mobilizing dalits rests on reinterpreting their Hindu past and unifying them under the metanarrative of Hindutva. It is an exploration of the fascinating tactics used by the Hindutva forces to politically mobilize individual dalit castes like the Nishads, Musahars and Dusadhs by saffronising their heroes.
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Editorial Reviews

South Asia Research

This easily accessible book is highly recommended reading for those wishing to understand the changing lines of politics in India. It offers rich insight into the myths and traditions of Dalits and is particularly useful for readers interested in the instrumental use by the BJP of cultural memories.

South Asian History and Culture

Written in an extremely accessible style is the need of the hour and fills an often felt vaccum to understand the wider dynamics of attempter Dalit co-option by the Sangh Parivar.

The Tribune
This is a fascinating study of the strategies and tactics being used by Hindutva forces for mobilising the Dalits around its political agenda…. These volumes should be of interest to scholars in the field of social history, cultural studies and tribal and Dalit affairs
Sociological Bulletin
The author has successfully demonstrated the recreation and reinterpretation of local myths and legends by Hindutva forces to fit into the overall political ideology of the party…. Overall, it is an honest book written with good intentions.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9788178299068
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 1/6/2009
  • Pages: 216
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Badri Narayan is a social historian and cultural anthropologist and currently lecturer of social and cultural anthropology at the G.B. Pant Social Science Institute, Allahabad. His interests lie in popular culture, social and anthropological history, Dalit and subaltern issues and the relationship between power and culture. He has been a Fellow at the Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla (1998–99). The Indian Council of Social Science Research (1995) and the University Grants Commission, New Delhi (1989–93). He has also been Visiting Fellow at the International Institute of Asian Studies, University of Leiden, The Netherlands (2002) and HGIS Fellow at the Royal Tropical Institute, Amsterdam (2001). He was a recipient of the Fulbright Senior Fellowship (2004–5) and the Smuts Fellowship, University of Cambridge (2005–6). Besides having written a number of articles both in English and in Hindi, he has authored Documenting Dissent: Contesting Fables, Contested Memories and Dalit Political Discourse (2001) and edited (with A.R. Misra) Multiple Marginalities: An Anthology of Identified Dalit Wrintings (2004).

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Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction: Pastness and Politics
Saffron Imagining of the Local: A Communal Map of an Indian Village
Exploring Dalit Militia: Local Cultures and Communal Politics
Making of a Warring Hero: Hindutva Politics of Memory and Forgetting
Creating Popular Politics: Caste Histories and BJP's Electoral Discourse
Legend War: Mapping the Political Mobilisation of the Nishads
The Politics of Cultural Resources: The Mushahars of North India
Saffronisation of a Dalit Hero: The Story of Salhes of North Bihar
The Path Traversed and the Way Ahead
Bibliography
Index
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