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Hindu Nationalism and Terrorism in India
The Saffron Threat to Democracy

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ISBN 9780367431976
June 30, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge
192 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This book discusses terrorism and the rise of Hindu nationalism in contemporary India and examines how this movement has become a threat to democracy in that country.

The work analyses the rise of Hindu nationalism, culminating in the success of Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the political arm of the movement, in the 2019 Indian national elections. It offers an accessible account of the complexities and subtleties of Hindu nationalism and the dangers it poses to India’s pluralistic democracy and secularism. A major theme of the book is the role that terrorism has played in the rise of Hindu nationalism, a factor often underplayed or ignored in other studies, and it also challenges the widespread belief that terrorism is largely an Islamic phenomenon. Employing a cross-disciplinary approach, the book is highly relevant to both academics and policymakers, given India’s importance as a major global economic and military power.

This book will be of interest to students of terrorism and political violence, South Asian history, Indian politics and International Relations, as well as policymakers.

Table of Contents


1. Hinduism, Caste and Politics: An Overview

2. Islam and Christianity in the Indian Sub-Continent: Myths and Misconceptions

3. Hindu Nationalism: An Historical Overview

4. The Militias and Foot Soldiers of Hindutva Terror

5. Politics, Religion and Terror: The Demolition of the Babri Masjid

6. State Terrorism, Politics and Communal Violence in the Indian State of Gujarat, 2002

7. Terrorism in "Paradise": Hindu Nationalism, Terrorism and Politics in the Kashmir Valley

8. Contemporary Developments: The Saffron Threat to Indian Liberal Democracy


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Eamon Murphy is Adjunct Professor, School of Media, Creative Arts and Social Inquiry, Curtin University, Western Australia. He has researched and taught South Asian history and politics for over 55 years. His publications include Islam and Sectarian Violence in Pakistan: The Terror Within (Abington: Routledge, 2019).


'Eamon Murphy, a recognized South Asian expert, peals the skin of current Indian politics in his new book on Hindu nationalism and the threat to democracy. Like his previous books on Pakistan, this volume on India promises to be a most useful resource in understanding the problem of terrorism that vexes the subcontinent.'

Dipak K. Gupta, Distinguished Professor Emeritus, San Diego State University, USA

'This highly accessible book will be of great use to anyone interested in exploring the rise of Hindu Nationalism in India through the lens of Critical Terrorism Studies. Murphy’s study of the relationship between the RSS (Rashtriya Swayamsevak Samaj) and the BJP (Bharatiya Janata Party) sheds light on the complex connections between religion and nationalism in the world’s largest secular democracy.'

Adil H. Khan, Anne Morvant Elmer Distinguished Professor of Religious Studies, Loyola University New Orleans, USA

'Like Murphy's previous publications on Pakistan, this book will be of utmost interest and relevance to those analysing terrorism and political violence. This is a must read for military strategists and diplomats worldwide, as well as policymakers advising their political leaders.' 

Mark Roberts, Security and Counter-Terrorist Analyst, USA