Liberalization, Hindu Nationalism, and the State: A Biography of Gujarat

Hardcover | November 30, 2012

byNikita Sud

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This book presents a comprehensive account of the post-Independence history and politics of Gujarat, one of India's most important federal units. Gujarat is known both for its leading position in economic development, and as the home of ethno-religious political divisiveness. Adopting a macro,long-term perspective, the author examines the co-existence of economic liberalism and political illiberalism in the state. Placing the state at the heart of the exploration, she demonstrates the nuances of what is often portrayed as a clear-cut decline of the developmental state in India. Instead,the author highlights the recent reorientation of the state both as the enabler of the market and as the vehicle of Hindu cultural nationalism. This work also analyses the ongoing relevance of the state to India's spectacular growth story, and the complexities of neo-liberal transformation.

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This book presents a comprehensive account of the post-Independence history and politics of Gujarat, one of India's most important federal units. Gujarat is known both for its leading position in economic development, and as the home of ethno-religious political divisiveness. Adopting a macro,long-term perspective, the author examines ...

Nikita Sud is University Lecturer in Development Studies, University of Oxford.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 8.46 × 5.51 × 0.98 inPublished:November 30, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198076932

ISBN - 13:9780198076933

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Table of Contents

AcknowledgementsList of TablesGlossary of Hindi and Gujarati TermsList of AbbreviationsMapsPart I: Introduction1. Political TopographyPART II: GUJARAT'S TRAJECTORY OF DEVELOPMENT2. From Development to Liberalization3. From Land to the Tiller to Land Liberalization4. The State in a Liberalizing LandscapePART III: RELIGION AND THE NATION-STATE5. Reform, Revival, and the Call for Hindu Rashtra6. Secularism, Hindu Nationalism and Gujarat's StateConclusionBibliographyIndex