Hindutva: Exploring The Idea Of Hindu Nationalism


Author: Jyotirmaya Sharma

9789388689427 | Paperback | pp. 208 | 2019 | Context

With the upsurge of militant Hindu nationalism, the book calls for revisiting those traditions in which Hinduism is seen as being more inclusive and self-critical, at times even of its own fundamental premises.

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The upsurge of militant Hindu nationalism in the recent past has brought to the fore questions of who a Hindu is, what Hinduism is and what Hindutva and Hinduism mean to Hindus. If Hindutva is a way of life, who are its followers? And for those who are, how necessary is it that its practice should prevail upon all others? These are questions of great relevance in today’s India. This revised edition of Hindutva, which includes a new essay and introduction, goes beyond the existing inquiry into Hindu identity, nationalism and culture, through the writings of thinkers Dayananda Saraswati, Sri Aurobindo, Swami Vivekananda and Vinayak Damodar Savarkar. With characteristic academic rigour and research, Jyotirmaya Sharma offers us original insights into the intellectual traditions that have nourished political Hindutva. The book calls for revisiting those traditions in which Hinduism is seen as being more inclusive and self-critical, at times even of its own fundamental premises.


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About the Author

Jyotirmaya Sharma is professor of political science at the University of Hyderabad, India. His recent publications include, Cosmic Love and Human Apathy: Swami Vivekananda and the Restatement of Religion, HaperCollins, New Delhi, 2013, A Restatement of Religion: Swami Vivekananda and the Making of Hindu Nationalism, Yale University Press, New Haven & London, 2013, Hindutva: Exploring the Idea of Hindu Nationalism (HarperCollins, 2015); this book has been translated in Indian languages) and Terrifying Vision: M.S. Golwalkar, the RSS and India (Penguin/Viking, 2007; this book has been translated into Malayalam). An edited volume titled Grounding Morality: Freedom, Knowledge and the Plurality of Cultures (co-edited with A. Raghuramaraju) was published by Routledge (2010). He has been a fellow of the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies and the Indian Institute of Advanced Study, and has lectured at the universities of Baroda, Hull, Oxford, and the St. Stephens College, Delhi. He was visiting professor in democratic theory at the South Asia Institute at Ruprecht-Karls University at Heidelberg in 2005. The International House, Japan, awarded him the Asia Leadership Fellow Programme fellowship for 2008. Sharma also held senior editorial positions at the Times of India and The Hindu between 1998-2006, and continues to write columns for Hindustan Times and Outlook.


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