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Pluralism and Democracy in India: Debating the Hindu Right

Wendy Doniger and Martha C. Nussbaum


How does the world’s most populous democracy survive repeated assaults on its pluralistic values? India’s stunning linguistic, cultural, and religious diversity has been supported since Independence by a political structure that emphasizes equal rights for all, and protects liberties of religion and speech. But a decent constitution does not implement itself, and challenges to these core values repeatedly arise—not least in the first decade of the twenty-first century, when the rise of Hindu Right movements threatened to destabilize the nation and upend its core values, in the wake of a notori ... More

Keywords: India, Hindu Right, Gujarat, Muslims, women’s movement, pluralistic thought, Nehru, Independence

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Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780195394825
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195394825.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Wendy Doniger, editor
University of Chicago

Martha C. Nussbaum, editor
University of Chicago

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