Fascinating Hindutva

Fascinating Hindutva

Saffron Politics and Dalit Mobilisation

eBook - 2009
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Fascinating Hindutva examines how, aided by other Hindutva forces like RSS and VHP, the strategies of BJP for mobilizing dalits rests on reinterpreting their Hindu past and unifying them under the metanarrative of Hindutva. It is an exploration of the fascinating tactics used by the Hindutva forces to politically mobilize individual dalit castes like the Nishads, Musahars and Dusadhs by saffronising their heroes.
In the present Indian sociopolitical scenario, a large number of dalit castes have become the main players in the electoral arena and politically mobilizing them has become a compulsion of all political parties. The strong desire of these castes to assert their identity based on their sense of pastness is being profitably encashed by many political parties who are appropriating their heroes and recreating their histories to suit their political ideology and thereby politically mobilizing them. This is especially true in UP and Bihar where society is still divided on caste lines and the lower castes are still oppressed.

Fascinating Hindutva examines how, aided by other Hindutva forces like RSS and VHP, the strategies of BJP for mobilizing dalits rests on reinterpreting their Hindu past and unifying them under the metanarrative of Hindutva. It is an exploration of the fascinating tactics used by the Hindutva forces to politically mobilize individual dalit castes like the Nishads, Musahars and Dusadhs by saffronising their heroes.

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For a long time, the fundamentalist Hindu organizations focused on the mythical Lord Rama, who is revered by all upper-caste Hindus, explains Narayan (social history and cultural anthropology, Govind Ballabh Pant Social Science Institute, Allahabad). But with the struggle to protect rights of lower-caste Dalits has brought them into the political arena, and the Hindutva movement is researching and appropriating various other religious and mythical figures in order to expand its power among poorer people. He looks at a sampling of targeted peoples from Uttar Pradesh and Bihar: Nishads, Mushahars, Salhes, and others. Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Publisher: New Delhi, IN : Sage, 2009
ISBN: 9788132101055
8132101057
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xiii, 195 pages) : illustrations, map

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