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Nation, Nationalism and the Public Sphere

Nation, Nationalism and the Public Sphere
Religious Politics in India

Edited by:
  • Avishek Ray - Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, National Institute of Technology Silchar, India.
  • Ishita Banerjee- Dube - Professor of History, Center for Asian and African Studies, El Colegio de México

November 2020 | 276 pages | SAGE India
From the shaping of identities and belongings through to current reconfigurations of nation, governance and state under a Hindu-Right dispensation, this book tracks the sentiments and structures that sustain the nation and nationalism in India. Nation, Nationalism and the Public Sphere: Religious Politics in India provides wide-ranging accounts of the growth and transformations of the nation, focusing especially on the intimate interplay of nation-state and nationalism with dominant religion. 

Drawing upon the perspectives of history, politics, anthropology, literature, film and media studies, this book explores key themes such as the appropriation and impact of western concepts of religion and the modern in postcolonial India and Pakistan, corporate bids to foster faith by erecting temples, formations of contemporary cosmopolitan religious imaginaries, the politics of cow protection, the rise of Narendra Modi as a national hero, and the fetish of the national in news channel debates. The book provides important insights into the success of the Hindu-Right, the discourse of religious–cultural nationalism, and their ramifications for democracy and citizenship.

Ishita Banerjee-Dube and Avishek Ray
Introduction: Nation, Religion, Identity—Crisscrossing Concerns
Mark Juergensmeyer
The Clash of Religious Politics in India
Tabinda M. Khan
Women’s Rights between Modernity and Tradition: ‘Modernizing’ Islam
Shobna Nijhawan
Journeying in the Vernacular: Pilgrimage, Tourism and Nationalism in Hindi Travelogues
Sayori Ghoshal
Race, Religion and the Politics of Counting: Historicizing Hindu Nationalism
Anne Hartig
Temple Construction and the Coming of a Nation: The Birla Mandir in Delhi
Himani Kapoor
Guru-led Faith Movements: The Case of the Art of Living Foundation
Ridhima Sharma
Rethinking Cow ‘Protection’: Gender, Caste and Labour at a Gaushala
Manjima Chatterjee
The Nation and the Hero, or the 56 Inch Paradox
Sreya Mitra
The Question of Minority Citizenship: Shah Rukh Khan as the 'Global Indian'
Maribel Elliet Alvarado Becerril
Screening Hindutva: Religion and Television in India
Prithibi Gogoi
Sacred Spaces and Gendered Sites: The Daikho of the Dimasa

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