This volume investigates the nature of nationalism and modernization embraced by the nineteenth and twentieth-century religious reform movements and their relationship with contemporary Hindutva. The essays critically analyse the influence of key personalitiesVivekananda, Aurobindo, and Dayanand Saraswation the emergence of ideas that later came to be known as Hindutva. This book will interest students, scholars, political analysts, sociologists, historians, and the informed non-specialist reader of South Asian religion, culture, and politics.
|Publisher:||Oxford University Press, USA|
|Product dimensions:||5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.70(d)|
About the Author
Antony Copley is an Honorary Senior Research Fellow, University of Kent.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Debating Indian Nationalism and Hindu Religious Belief
Part I: Varieties of Nationalism
Saffron and Seva: the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh's Appropriation of Swami Vivekananda
'The Centre of the Religious Life of the World': Spiritual Universalism and Cultural Nationalism in the Work of Sri Aurobindo
Secularising the Sacred Cow: The Relationship between Religious Reform and Hindu Nationalism
Inventing a National Past: The Case of Ramdev's Bharatvars ka itihas (1910-1914)
Part II: Public and Private Spheres
'The Hindu Woman's Right to Samnyasa'
Religious Movements and the Gender Question: The Sri Sarada Math and the Ramakrishna Sarada Mission
Remembering the Tradition: Bhaktivinoda Thakura's 'Sajjanatosani' and the Construction of a Middle Class Vaisnava Sampradaya in Nineteenth Century Bengal
Mahima Dharma Ascetics: A Case Study on Popular Asceticism and its Patronage Structure in Rural Orissa
Bhima Bhoi: The Making of a Modern Saint
The Seva Ethic and the Spirit of Institution Building in the Mata Amritanandamayi Mission