The Saffron Wave: Democracy and Hindu Nationalism in Modern India
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The Saffron Wave: Democracy and Hindu Nationalism in Modern India

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The rise of strong nationalist and religious movements in postcolonial and newly democratic countries alarms many Western observers. In "The Saffron Wave, " Thomas Hansen turns our attention to recent events in the world's largest democracy, India. Here he analyzes Indian receptivity to the right-wing Hindu nationalist party and its political wing, the Bharatiya Janata Par...more
Paperback, 328 pages
Published April 12th 1999 by Princeton University Press (first published 1999)
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It's okay - he's just a political scientist. Here's how the BJP became possible; here's how the political sphere changed between the Nehruvian and the post-Nehruvian; here's what a Sangh Parivar looks and talks like; this is what naked self-interest (class interest; caste interest) looks like; this is what ideology looks like; and this is how hegemony is won.

I could have used less of Laclau and Zizek and more hilarious quotes from the body politic, e.g., "How can you have half-naked women as god...more
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