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Majoritarian State: How Hindu Nationalism is Changing India

Angana P. Chatterji, Thomas Blom Hansen, and Christophe Jaffrelot


Majoritarian State traces the ascendance of Hindu nationalism in contemporary India. Led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the BJP administration has established an ethno-religious and populist style of rule since 2014. Its agenda is also pursued beyond the formal branches of government, as the new dispensation portrays conventional social hierarchies as intrinsic to Indian culture while condoning communal and caste- and gender-based violence. The contributors explore how Hindutva ideology has permeated the state apparatus and formal institutions, and how Hindutva activists exert control over c ... More

Keywords: Majoritarianism, Minoritization, Authoritarianism, Populism, Hindu Nationalism, Hindu Cultural Dominance, India

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Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780190078171
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190078171.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Angana P. Chatterji, editor
University of California, Berkeley

Thomas Blom Hansen, editor
Stanford University

Christophe Jaffrelot, editor

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Angana P. Chatterji, Thomas Blom Hansen and Christophe Jaffrelot

Part I Majoritarianism as Democracy

1 Democracy Against the Law

Thomas Blom Hansen

2 A De Facto Ethnic Democracy?

Christophe Jaffrelot

3 Immoral Times

Ian M. Cook

Part II Debates on Hegemony

5 Toward Hegemony

Suhas Palshikar

Part III The Sangh Parivar: A New ‘Deep State’?

7 Sangh and Sarkar

Pralay Kanungo

Part IV Economic Policies and ‘Modinomics’

10 Contours of Crony Capitalism in the Modi Raj

A.K. Bhattacharya and Paranjoy Guha Thakurta

Part V The Othered 40 Per Cent: The Hindu Nation and its Margins

15 Playing the Waiting Game

Arkotong Longkumer

Part VI Diplomacy and Global Aspiration

Part VII What Rule of Law?

Part VIII Gender and Nation

21 Remaking the Hindu/Nation

Angana P. Chatterji