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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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Playing the Waiting Game

Playing the Waiting Game

The Bjp, Hindutva, and the Northeast1

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Arkotong Longkumer

Oxford University Press

Longkumer offers a preliminary examination of how the BJP has been able to negotiate its status in the region. Based on ethnographic data and media reports, Longkumer argues that the BJP honed a self-sufficient and dynamically structured political machine and adopted an agenda that transcended religious, social and cultural boundaries. Longkumer focuses on two aspects of the BJP’s approach: its utilization of key alliances that have emerged in reaction to the failures of regional and central governments, and its projection of itself as a secular party that encompasses, but also moves beyond, exclusively ‘Hindu’ sentiments. The chapter highlights this ‘double-think’ – the situational/ regional differences in political self-presentation that demonstrate the malleability of Hindu nationalist ideology, while at the same time managing the BJP’s complex relationship with the RSS.

Keywords:   BJP, RSS, Hindutva, Assam, Nagaland, Northeast India, Secular, Religious, Akhand Bharat

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