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India after Indira, 1975-2000


What is the relationship between Hindutva and globalisation? This seminar looks to move us into a consideration of the multiple guises of globalisation -- cultural and economic -- using the contemporary history of India's Hindu right as a ground for debate.

Seminar instructions: Read what you can of the seminar reading.

Seminar questions

1. What are the various meanings of 'globalisation'?

2. What is the relationship between macro economic practice and everyday cultural practice?

SEMINAR READING: Globalisation, Hindutva and Economic Policy and Economic Experience
Salim Lakha, 'From Swadeshi to Globalisation: The BJP's Shifting Economic Agenda'. South Asia: Journal of South Asian Studies, 25, 3 (2002): 83-103.

Giorgio Shani, Re-branding India? Globalization, Hindutva and the 2004 Elections. Ritsumeikan Annual Review of International Studies, volume 3.

Mehta, S (2004). Maximum city: Bombay lost and found (Delhi: Penguin), chapter 4 (there are many, many copies of this in the library)


Hindutva and the media

Robin Jeffrey, 'Grand canyon, shaky bridge: Media revolution and the rise of ‘Hindu’ politics'. South Asia: Journal of South Asian Studies 25, 3 (2002): 281-300.

Rajagopal, Arvind (2001). Politics after Television: religious nationalism and the reshaping of the Indian public. Cambridge University Press.

Ananda Mitra, Television in India: A Study of the Mahabharata. Thousand Oaks: Sage Publications, 1993.

Appadurai, Arjun & Carol Breckeridge (1996). “Public modernity in India,” in Carol Breckenridge, ed., Consuming Modernity: Public Culture in Contemporary India. Delhi: Oxford University Press, pp. 1-20.

Nalin Mehta. 'Modi and the Camera: The politics of television in the 2002 Gujarat Riots'. South Asia: Journal of South Asian Studies, 29, 3 (2006): 395-414.

Hindutva and diaspora

Biju Mathew and S. Kamat, "Political violence in a globalized world: The case of Hindu nationalism". Social Justice: A Journal of Crime, Conflict and World Order. 30, 3 (2003).

Goldie Osuri, ‘Transnational Bio/Necropolitics: Hindutva and its Avatars (Australia/India)’, Somatechnics, 1 (1) (2011): 138-160.

South Asia Citizen's Web, 'Hindu nationalism in the United States: A report on non-profit groups.' July 2014. Another link