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Politics and Religion in India

1st Edition

Edited by Narender Kumar

Routledge India

284 pages | 4 B/W Illus.

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This volume examines how religion is intrinsically related to politics in India. Based on studies from states across the length and breadth of India, it looks at political formations that inform political discourse on the national level and maps the trajectory of religion in politics.

The essays in the volume:

  • discuss contemporary trends in Indian politics, including Hindutva, citizenship bills and mob violence;
  • draw on fieldwork conducted across states and regions in India on critical themes — the role of religion in electoral process, political campaigns and voting behavior, political and ideological mobilization, state politics vis-à-vis religion, among minorities; and
  • focus on the emerging politics in the 21st century.

The book will be key reference text for scholars and researchers of politics, religion, sociology, media and culture studies, and South Asian studies.

Table of Contents

List of Figures and Tables





Narender Kumar

  1. Religion, Minorities and Indian State
  2. Himanshu Roy

  3. Politics of Religious Polarization in India: Insights from Riots in Gujarat (2002), Kandhamal (2008) and Muzaffarnagar (2013)
  4. Mujibur Rehman

  5. Sikh Politics in Punjab: Shiromani Akali Dal
  6. Ashutosh Kumar and Hardeep Kaur

  7. Religion, Ethnicity and Politics: Understanding BJP’s Rise in Assam
  8. Dhruba Pratim Sharma, Tarun Gogoi and Vikas Tripathi

  9. Church and Political Action in Mizoram
  10. V. Bijukumar

  11. Identity, Religion and Development: The Changing Nature of Political Mobilization of Muslims In Post-Sachar West Bengal
  12. Abdul Matin

  13. Hindutva as a ‘Sacred Form’: A Case Study of Karnataka
  14. Malini Bhattacharjee

  15. Nature and Dynamics of Religion-Oriented Politics in Kerala
  16. Josukutty C. A.

  17. Politics of Hindutva In Maharashtra: Actors, Causes and Political Effects
  18. Parimal Maya Sudhakar

  19. Religion–Polity Interface in Jammu & Kashmir: An Analysis
  20. Muhammad Tajuddin

  21. Religion as a Tool for Political Mobilization in Bihar
  22. Umakant

  23. Beyond Othering: A Study of Hindu Political in Gujarat
  24. Dhananjay Rai

  25. Indian Political Space and Religion: Perspectives and Exploring Alternatives

Y. S. Alone


About the Editor

Narender Kumar is Professor at the Centre for Political Science at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India. He has previously taught at three central universities: University of Delhi; Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi; and Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar University, Lucknow. He has six authored and edited books to his credit apart from contributing in various journals. His latest volume is Dr. Ambedkar and Democracy (edited with Christophe Jaffrelot, 2018). His area of research interest is political institutions and public policy with special reference to group rights. He has been member of the Indo-European Network where London School of Economics, King’s College London, CERI, Paris and the Centre for Political Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University were collaborating institutions.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Civics & Citizenship
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Government / State & Provincial
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Government / National
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies