Hindu Nationalism In India And The Politics Of Fear

Hardcover | October 15, 2011

byDibyesh Anand

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Hindutva in India is a chauvinist and majoritarian political ideology that conjures up the image of a peaceful Hindu Self vis-à-vis the threatening minority Other. It is porno-nationalism in its obsessive preoccupation with the predatory sexuality of the putative Muslim figure and the dangers to the integrity of the Hindu bodies. The proponents of Hindutva mobilize and generate negative stereotypes of Islam and putative Muslims to legitimize violence against actual Muslims living in India. Adopting a critical ethnographic approach, this book investigates myriad ways in which the discourses of culture, insecurity, gender, identity, and violence intersect in Hindu nationalism’s reactionary and right-wing politics of fear and imagination.

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Hindutva in India is a chauvinist and majoritarian political ideology that conjures up the image of a peaceful Hindu Self vis-à-vis the threatening minority Other. It is porno-nationalism in its obsessive preoccupation with the predatory sexuality of the putative Muslim figure and the dangers to the integrity of the Hindu bodies. The p...

Dibyesh Anand is a Reader in International Relations at London’s Westminster University. He is the author of Geopolitical Exotica: Tibet in Western Imagination (2007) and has published numerous papers in the areas of global politics, Tibet, China, Hindu nationalism, and security. He is currently working on a new book, China and Tibet:...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:208 pages, 8.62 × 5.67 × 0.71 inPublished:October 15, 2011Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230603858

ISBN - 13:9780230603851

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Table of Contents

Hindu Nationalism in India * Hindu Nation Under Siege * Pornosexualising “the Muslim” * The Unawakened India * Awakening the Hindu Mind and the Hindu Body * The Awakened Hindu India--Ayodhya and Gujarat * Politics of Fear * Appendix A: Excerpts from Islam X-Rayed, an undated internal manual produced by Rashtra Chetna Prakashan in the name of “A Board of Experts on Islam”

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"How is fear created, spread and updated? In this revelatory book, Dibyesh Anand takes us deep into the multi-stranded fear-engendering strategies employed by India's contemporary Hindu nationalists. With a sharp feminist eye for exactly how both femininities and masculinities are wielded, he provides lessons for all of us concerned about the mobilization of ethnic hatreds and militarized nationalisms."--Cynthia Enloe, author of Nimo's War, Emma's War: Making Feminist Sense of the Iraq War "Dibyesh Anand’s book offers a sustained, innovative analysis of a central aspect of Hindu nationalist collective imaginings: the production of anti-Other fear. It is a must-read for anyone interested in right-wing social and political movements and in the local-to-transnational conflict in which they are engaged."--Paola Bacchetta, professor, University of California, Berkeley