Political Hinduism: The Religious Imagination in Public Spheres

Hardcover | February 1, 2010

EditorVinay Lal

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This volume opens up new and productive lines of inquiry, gesturing at forms of public religiosity that are not bound to the fanaticisms with which religions today are increasingly associated. It includes essays by leading scholars in the fields of anthropology, history, linguistics, politics,and religion such as Madhav M. Deshpande, Roby Rajan, J. Reghu, Julius J. Lipner, Joanne Punzo Waghorne, Jyotirmaya Sharma, Ajay Skaria, Paula Richman, and Ronald Inden. They explore the relationship of Hinduism to literature and cinema, and revisit familiar figures to arrive at fresh and evenradically new readings. The volume thus addresses issues of tremendous topical relevance: the transmission of Hinduism to the United States, Gandhiji's religious politics and secularism, analysis of 'Vande Mataram' and its immensely rich history, C. Rajagopalachari's multiple tellings of theRamkatha, popular patriotism in Hindi cinema, and much more. With an insightful Introduction by Vinay Lal, this book will be invaluable to students and teachers of politics, sociology, history, and media and cultural studies, as well as general readers interested in learning more about the negotiations between religion and politics in India.

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This volume opens up new and productive lines of inquiry, gesturing at forms of public religiosity that are not bound to the fanaticisms with which religions today are increasingly associated. It includes essays by leading scholars in the fields of anthropology, history, linguistics, politics,and religion such as Madhav M. Deshpande, R...

Vinay Lal is Associate Professor of history at UCLA since 1993, and Director of the University of California Education Abroad Program (India), 2007?9. His previous books include Empire of Knowledge: Culture and Plurality in the Global Economy (Pluto Press, 2002); The History of History: Politics and Scholarship in Modern India (OUP, ...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:328 pages, 8.46 × 5.51 × 0.01 inPublished:February 1, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Vinay Lal: IntroductionMadhav M. Deshpande: 'The Arctic Home in the Vedas': Religion, Politics and the Colonial ContextRoby Rajan and J. Reghu: Backwater Universalism: An Intercommunal Tale of Being and BecomingJulius J. Lipner: 'Icon' and 'Mother': An Inquiry into India's National SongJoanne Punzo Waghorne: Global Gurus and the Third Stream of American Religiosity: Between Hindu Nationalism and Liberal PluralismJyotirmaya Sharma: Digesting the 'Other': Hindu Nationalism and the Muslims in IndiaAjay Skaria: 'No politics without religion': of secularism and GandhiPaula Richman: Print Culture and Rajagopalachari's Tellings of Ramkatha: Psychological, Heroic and Devotional Interpretation in Post-Independence IndiaRonald Inden: Popular Patriotism in Indian FilmNotes on ContributorsIndex