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The God Market: How Globalization Is Making India More Hindu

3.48  ·  Rating details ·  66 ratings  ·  12 reviews
Conventional wisdom says that integration into the global marketplace tends to weaken the power of traditional faith in developing countries. But, as Meera Nanda argues in this path-breaking book, this is hardly the case in today's India. Against expectations of growing secularism, India has instead seen a remarkable intertwining of Hinduism and neoliberal ideology, ...more
Paperback, 239 pages
Published January 31st 2012 by Monthly Review Press (first published October 1st 2011)
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Jul 12, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
If ever a book was written so unabashedly one-sided, almost like a stooge from Congress, this would win hands down. It does not even make an attempt to write an impassive critique. Hinduism is made out to be a monster which can take over the other dogmatic religions simply because it is a way of life and not a monotheistic faith like others. What more, she keeps blaming the BJP government for regularization of hinduism in society when they were in govt for only 5 years and congress for the other ...more
May 18, 2019 rated it did not like it
Nothing new to offer. Just rant, rant and rant.
We already knew all these stuff.
It is becoming a fashion nowadays among today's writers to mock Hinduism and most of its beliefs.
Author is so biased.
Blame every damn party for everything.
Just a pathetic book.
Dheeraj Pandey
Dec 10, 2018 rated it did not like it
The author had something to say but she doesn't seem to know. How to present it, in a more palatable manner.
This book is divided into 5 chapters. But, reading it seemed to be a waste of my time. But somehow I managed to complete it.
It was more of a rant, rather than a book. If that makes sense to you.
Pallavi Kamat
Jun 30, 2019 rated it did not like it
The author says all other religions are growing all over the world, but she will highlight only Hinduism. A totally bizarre and biased book.
Vikas Datta
Jun 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A most vital read for today...
Akshay Hajare
May 20, 2012 rated it liked it
The book is an interesting read. It proposes that with neo-liberal economic regime India(and even many other countries like US) are becoming more and more religious. In short, with globalization India is becoming more religious(Hindu).
The book tries to build on the hypothesis of temple-state-corporate complex that has developed in India post 1991 reforms by quoting results of various surveys. It also shows how the Indian State is colluding with the temple and the corporate sector to promote
Oct 26, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Highly recommended reading.

Written before the current Hindu government came into power this book is prophetic in its predictions of the direction India is heading in and why.
Aiswarya Jayamohan
get this kindle edition a proofreader though
Feb 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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A good introduction to the temple-state-business complex. This book focuses on the increasingly Hindu stance being taken by the state and our sense of false pride in being the most "cultured" place on Earth. The book itself is well written. However, I would have liked it more if the author had considered some specific cases and described them in detail. I would ideally give this 4 stars and not 5. But I gave an extra star only because of the issue it has focused on. This is not an issue that has ...more
Jun 30, 2010 rated it liked it
Several insights offered but not persuasively taken to completion. Some of the key points seem inconclusive at the end of the argument. The fresh perspective on several facets of hinduism (and the challenges they pose) is valuable and thought provoking.
Although the book itself reads more like a research paper (for most parts), it does throw up interesting facts, information and of course thoughts to consider.
Suman Srivastava
Jun 30, 2011 rated it really liked it
It helps me understand a lot of what is going around in the world. Very insightful. A trifle academic and preachy in the writing style though.
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