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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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Queer Presence in/and Hindu Nationalism

Queer Presence in/and Hindu Nationalism

(p.375) 20 Queer Presence in/and Hindu Nationalism
Majoritarian State

Paola Bacchetta

Oxford University Press

This chapter describes Hindu nationalist examples of national and transnational strategies of social inclusion and exclusion that mobilize gender and sexuality, including strategies that valorize some queer categories and de-valorize others, while also targeting the Hindu nation’s Others (such as Muslims) through complex social operations that draw upon, in part, colonial queerphobic legacies. This chapter contributes to the study of queer sexualities in postcolonial nationalisms through focusing on Hindu nationalism, discussing four social operations that organize the present: xenophobic queerphobia; queerphobic xenophobia, queerphilic idealization, and selective queer national-normativization. Through this work, Bacchetta seeks to complicate the current binary in which queer acceptance is already imagined as always a good thing and is systematically associated with the left, while queer repression is assigned to the right, toward creating and converging in struggles that enrich and support practices of freedom for all.

Keywords:   Hindu Nationalism, Gender and Sexuality, Queerphobia, Colonial Legacies, Others, India

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