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Majoritarian StateHow Hindu Nationalism is Changing India$
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Angana P. Chatterji, Thomas Blom Hansen, and Christophe Jaffrelot

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780190078171

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2020

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190078171.001.0001

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Sangh and Sarkar

Sangh and Sarkar

The Rss Power Centre Shifts From Nagpur to New Delhi

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Majoritarian State

Pralay Kanungo

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This chapter examines the hazy boundaries between the RSS and the BJP. The 2014 elections were a point de départ for this nexus to govern India together. There was no longer the pretense of the RSS being a cultural organization. This is illustrated by various examples of RSS leaders who are now ministers in the government. This differs from the past, wherein the RSS took a backseat and behaved like an ideological mentor in the public eye. These days, their maneuvers are largely discernible in the political arena. If Modi has charisma and leadership, Bhagwat has organization and authority, together they make India’s joint enterprise by sharing power. The RSS manages the grassroots Hindutva network through education and cultural events, with an increasing influence over the state’s apparatus, it seems like New Delhi is running from Nagpur.

Keywords:   RSS, Culture, Hindutva, Sangh, Governance, Ideology

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