Hindutva Becoming: Ethnography of Passion and Politics

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In the Northeast of India, the tension between local communities and Hindutva (Hinduness) is palpable. Since the inception of Hindutva as a national ideology in the 1920s (Savarkar), Hindutva has continuously evolved, particularly as it entrenched itself into local contexts in India. The aim of this book is to analyse the activities of the Sangh parivar (a family of right wing Hindu organisations), including the RSS, and the impact these activities have had in the sensitive region of the Northeast of India. Many Hindutva activists see the region as the perfect testing ground for their ideology to promote a singular national identity. Yet this region celebrates a diversity of allegiances as a way of distinguishing themselves from India and developing their own sovereignty. The mission of convincing the region of the goals of Hindutva, as the Hindutva see it, will mean their ideology is not only successful but unstoppable.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherStanford University Press
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2019


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