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Hindu Nationalism: Origins, Ideologies and Modern Myths
by Chetan Bhatt
The rise of authoritarian Hindu mass movements and political formations in India since the early 1980s raises fundamental questions about the resurgence of chauvinistic ethnic, religious and nationalist movements in the late modern period. This book examines the history and ideologies of Hindu nationalism and |i|Hindutva|/i| from the end of the last century to the present, ...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published December 1st 2001 by Bloomsbury Academic
(first published January 12th 2001)
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Aug 28, 2014 Nick rated it 4 of 5 stars
Its a little hard to succinctly communicate the vision of Hindu Nationalism which this book posits, but I'll try: It is in part, a modern political manifestation of orientalism and 19th century British thought (Spencer, and the indo-centric philosophers, linguists, and anthropologists.) From them it takes an evolutionary/organic view of races and societies, and an indo-centric historical narrative. It is also quasi Fascistic, insofar as it takes direct inspiration from Fascism in much of its mil ...more