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Author Biography: Chetan Bhatt is Senior Lecturer in the Sociology Department at University of London.
"Chetan Bhatt's Hindu Nationalism is a careful and excellent reconstruction of the ideas and ideology of Hindutva in the century and a half of its existence. Bhatt details a genealogy of Hinudtva that builds on its initial belief in a primordial Hindu lineage by accumulating new concerns over time, such as anti-minorityism. Hindu Nationalism is pathbreaking in many respects, especially in its serious consideration of the thought of half forgotten but important Hindutva thinkers such as Chadranath Basu and Lal Chand. Equally, Bjhatt's handling of recognized Hindutva thinkers and organisations such as Golwalkar, Upadhyaya and the Vishwa Hindu Parishad elaborates the entire spectrum of their social, political and religious concerns that spring up from their shared commitment to an authoritarian homogenity. Drawing on a variety of inputs - discursive prose, novels, organisational practices, historical contexts, - Bhatt produces an intricate weave of individual careers and varied intellectual productions, all of which go into the making of Hindutva.
Hindu Nationalism also looks at the thought of an ex-colony in a sensitive and insightful way. Briefly he locates the influence of European ideas on Hinudtva - which includes the contributions of German Romaniticism and British Positivism - not so much an originative source, but as a horizon of intellectual possibilities to which specific Hindutva thinkeres give shape, substance and direction. Lucidly written, seriously researched and richly stimulating, Hindu Nationalism will be very rewarding for those interested in the study of South Asian political cultures, post-coloniality and the problems of identity formation," —Pardip K. Datta, Sri Venkateswara College
"Comprehensively argued, coherent and lucid ... the work stands as a useful and compact handbook for students and a ready reference for researchers of Hindu nationalism." —Political Studies
"Rather than get bogged down in the morass of these sorts of personality conflicts, Bhatt takes us for a comprehensive jourbaney of Hindutva nationalism ... The list is provocative and useful ... In Bhatt's hands, the liberal racist who cannot understand the depravity of the Third World will be stunned to find the hand of Europe even here, joined in a fascist salute with that of Hindutva's storm-troopers." —Ethnic and Racial Studies
"Hindu Nationalism is perhaps the only work in the field that offers a rich and in-depth ideological analysis of Hindu nationalism over a long historical period." —American Nationalism
"...This will stand as the most valuable contribution to the understanding of the Hindutva movement." —The Telegraph
"Chetan Bhatt's book is manifestly a useful addition to the large literature on Hindu nationalism...[His] work is richly detailed and it cannot be denied that he has made a significant contribution to the subject of Hindu nationalism." —Jourbanal of Contemporary Religion
"Bhatt shows how European ideas of nationalism, rationalism, cultural authenticity, and race have been used by Hindu reformers in articulating an ideology of Hindutva - the essence of Hinduism." —Choice