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Hindu Nationalism and the Language of Politics in Late Colonial India

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Part of Cambridge Studies in Indian History and Society

  • Date Published: December 2010
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521172202

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  • William Gould explores what is arguably one of the most important and controversial themes in twentieth-century Indian history and politics: the nature of Hindu nationalism as an ideology and political language. Using an array of historical sources, he analyzes how it affected the secularist Congress in Uttar Pradesh on the eve of Independence, and how these ideologies fostered tensions between Hindus and Muslims, and the subsequent development of communal violence. This book is intended for students of colonial India as well as those interested in contemporary Indian politics.

    • Analyses the roots of communalism and violence, arguably one of the most divisive and controversial issues in India
    • The analysis focuses on the nature of religious extremism
    • Will appeal to historians of colonial India, as well as to students of politics and religious studies
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "...provocative and important..."
    -American Historical Review

    "An important and long-overdue contribution to twentieth-century South Asian political history."
    -Spencer Austin Leonard, University of Chicago

    "With extreme care, Gould marshals a substantial amount of evidence to demonstrate that the Indian National Congress in the United Provinces...widely employed the languages of Hindu Nationalism in the 1930s and thereby established the grounds for Muslim estrangement from the Congress."
    -Brian K. Pennington, Maryville College, Religious Studies Review

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    Product details

    • Date Published: December 2010
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521172202
    • length: 320 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 18 mm
    • weight: 0.47kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of abbreviations
    1. Introduction
    2. Congress and the Hindu nation: symbols, rhetoric and action
    3. Muslims, mass movements and untouchable uplift
    4. The Aryan Congress: history, youth and the 'Hindu Race'
    5. Congress radicals and Hindu militancy
    6. Congress 'Raj', riots and Muslim mass contacts
    7. Congress, Pakistan and volunteer militarism

  • Author

    William Gould, University of Leeds

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