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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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Hindutva Incorporation and Socioconomic Exclusion

Hindutva Incorporation and Socioconomic Exclusion

The Adivasi Dilemma

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(p.249) 13 Hindutva Incorporation and Socioconomic Exclusion
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Majoritarian State
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Nandini Sundar

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190078171.003.0014

Nandini Sundar examines the conditions and discursive strategies utilized by the BJP to contribute to building an extensive Adivasi (tribal) voter base that continues to support the BJP despite the party’s alignment with industrialists who displace rural and tribal communities, and whose ruling ideology marginalizes and devalues Adivasis. Narendra Modi’s popularity is no more central to this question than in discussions that revolve around the fatal attraction of the BJP holds to Adivasis and Dalits. Why do Adivasis vote in such large numbers for a party which is clearly aligned with the industrialists who want to displace them; why do Dalits align with a party whose ruling ideology is so clearly holds them in contempt? Sundar analyzes several strategies of incorporating Adivasis into the Hindu nation: Sanskritization, modernization (in the form of schooling), the (anti-Christian) conversion debate, service work, and mass violence and small-scale incidents.

Keywords:   Hindu Nationalism, Adivasi, Tribal, Indigenous Communities, Electoral Politics, Discursive Strategies, Socioeconomic Exclusion, India

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