The Hindu Nationalist Movement and Indian Politics
1925 to the 1990s
A study of the Hindu nationalist phenomenon, exploring the movement’s use of religious symbolism and popular iconography, thereby combining anthropology and political history. It looks at the RSS, the Bharatiya Jana Sangh, the BJP and the VHP.
Christophe Jaffrelot is Research Director at CNRS, Sciences Po and Professor of Indian Politics and Sociology at the King's India Institute. From 2000-8, he was Director of CERI at Sciences Po. Arguably one of the world’s most respected writers on Indian society and politics, his publications include The Pakistan Paradox: Instability and Resilience; Religion, Castle and Politics in India; The Hindu Nationalist Movement and Indian Politics, 1925 to the 1990s; India’s Silent Revolution: The Rise of the Lower Castes in North India; and Dr Ambedkar and Untouchability: Analysing and Fighting Caste.
‘Perhaps the most important contribution to the study of Hindu nationalism.’ — Business Standard
‘The Hindu Nationalist Movement in India is painstakingly researched and gracefully written.’ — Amrita Basu, Amherst College