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The Charisma of Direct Action: Power, Politics, and the Shiv Sena

Julia M. Eckert


This book explores how movements that are explicitly anti-pluralist in nature still manage to succeed electorally within a democratic framework which they themselves reject. The book studies the ideologies and practices of the successful but minor affiliate of the Hindu nationalist movement: the Shiv Sena, a party which has dominated the political scene in Maharashtra—especially in its capital city Mumbai—for several years, and has been characterized by its culture of direct—often violent—action, its militant images, and its autocratic leader, Bal Thackeray. The author explores the internal dy ... More

Keywords: direct action, Shiv Sena, Bal Thackeray, mobilization strategies, militant images, Hindu nationalist agenda, Maharashtra, Mumbai, democracy, anti-pluralist movements

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2003 Print ISBN-13: 9780195660449
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195660449.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Julia M. Eckert, author
Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, Halle/Saale, Germany