Thomas Blom Hansen and Srirupa Roy (eds): Saffron Republic: Hindu Nationalism and State Power in India

Edited by:

Thomas Blom Hansen, Stanford University

Srirupa Roy, Centre for Modern Indian Studies, University of Gottingen

About the book:

Saffron Republic examines the phenomenon of contemporary Hindu nationalism or ‘new Hindutva’ that is presently the dominant ideological and political-electoral formation in India. There is a rich body of work on Hindu nationalism, but its main focus is on an earlier moment of insurgent movement politics in the 1980 and 1990s. In contrast, new Hindutva is a governmental formation that converges with wider global currents and enjoys mainstream acceptance. To understand these new political forms and their implications for democratic futures, a fresh set of reflections is in order. This book approaches contemporary Hindutva as an example of a democratic authoritarianism or an authoritarian populism, a politics that simultaneously advances and violates ideas and practices of popular and constitutional democracy.

The book is a collective effort in anticipatory writing that engages a particularly fraught present to understand its implications for democratic futures.

First Edition | May 2022 | 330 pages

978-1-009-10048-9 (Hb)

Series: Metamorphoses of the Political: Multidisciplinary Approaches



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