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Hindutva in the West: mapping the antinomies of diaspora nationalism

Bhatt, Chetan ORCID: 0000-0002-4025-4203 and Mukta, Parita (2000) Hindutva in the West: mapping the antinomies of diaspora nationalism. Ethnic and Racial Studies, 23 (3). pp. 407-441. ISSN 0141-9870

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Identification Number: 10.1080/014198700328935


This introduction provides a historical background to Hindu nationalism and examines several theoretical and empirical themes that are important for its analysis both in India and the diaspora. It is argued that there has been a relative neglect within the research �eld of diaspora nationalist movements and the impact they can have on constituting antisecular and absolutist orientations to minorities and majorities both within the diaspora and in the “homeland”. The introduction examines the rise of the Hindutva movement in the 1920s and considers the debates about its relation to ethnic, nationalist, religious, racist and fascist ideologies. We consider how an examination of Hindu nationalism can modify many recent debates on “race” and ethnicity, multiculturalism and “diaspora”. Several themes relating to caste, gender and “Aryanism” are examined. The contents of this Special Issue are contextualized within these debates and a summary of the key themes of the contributions is provided.

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Additional Information: © 2000 Routledge Journals, Taylor & Francis Ltd
Divisions: LSE Human Rights
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
J Political Science > JV Colonies and colonization. Emigration and immigration. International migration
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BL Religion
Date Deposited: 29 Apr 2010 09:12
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2021 03:10

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