Neo-Hindutva explores the recent proliferation and evolution of Hindu nationalism – the assertive majoritarian, right-wing ideology that is transforming contemporary India.
This volume develops and expands on the idea of ‘neo-Hindutva’ –– Hindu nationalist ideology which is evolving and shifting in new, surprising, and significant ways, requiring a reassessment and reframing of prevailing understandings. The contributors identify and explain the ways in which Hindu nationalism increasingly permeates into new spaces: organisational, territorial, conceptual, rhetorical. The scope of the chapters reflect the diversity of contemporary Hindutva – both in India and beyond – which appears simultaneously brazen but concealed, nebulous and mainstreamed, militant yet normalised. They cover a wide range of topics and places in which one can locate new forms of Hindu nationalism: courts of law, the Northeast, the diaspora, Adivasi (tribal) communities, a powerful yoga guru, and the Internet. The volume also includes an in-depth interview with Christophe Jaffrelot and a postscript by Deepa Reddy.
Helping readers to make sense of contemporary Hindutva, Neo-Hindutva is ideal for scholars of India, Hinduism, Nationalism, and Asian Studies more generally. This book was originally published as a special issue of Contemporary South Asia.
1. Introduction: ‘Neo-Hindutva’: evolving forms, spaces, and expressions of Hindu nationalism
Edward Anderson and Arkotong Longkumer
2. ‘Court’ing Hindu nationalism: law and the rise of modern Hindutva
3. ‘Nagas can’t sit lotus style’: Baba Ramdev, Patanjali, and Neo-Hindutva
4. Awakening Hindu nationalism through yoga: Swami Ramdev and the Bharat Swabhiman movement
Bhuvi Gupta and Jacob Copeman
5. Authority, ethics and service (seva) amongst Hindu nationalists in India’s assertive margins
6. Neo-Hindutva affective economies: feelings of pride and offense among Surinamese Hindus in the Netherlands
7. Enterprise Hindutva and social media in urban India
8. Hindu nationalism and the ‘saffronisation of the public sphere’: an interview with Christophe Jaffrelot
Edward Anderson and Christophe Jaffrelot
9. What is neo- about neo-Hindutva?
Deepa S. Reddy