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Performative Polities and the Cultures of Hinduism: Public Uses of Religion in Western India

 
Raminder Kaur (Author)
Synopsis

The Ganapati utsava, a major festival of western India dedicated to the elephant-headed god, raises compelling questions about the interplay of religion, spectacle and cultural politics. In a book that spans a century of epochal history, Raminder Kaur considers how the public festival has been interwoven with everyday lives as well as the making of the modern Indian nation.

The festival was mobilised as a potential vehicle for political critique in the 1890s, pre-eminently by Bal Gangadhar Tilak. Its success lay in combining entertainment with veneration, which meant that the event could not be easily prohibited by the colonial state. While the success of the mobilisation is widely acknowledged as the work of Tilak, this study shows that other, less-known community leaders were active, if not pioneering, in the festival's more public transformations.

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About the author

Raminder Kaur

Raminder Kaur is a Simon/Marks Research Fellow at the University of Manchester. She completed her Ph. D. on the Ganapati festival at SOAS, University of London.

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Bibliographic information

Title Performative Polities and the Cultures of Hinduism: Public Uses of Religion in Western India
Author Raminder Kaur
Format Hardcover
Date published: 31.12.2003
Edition 1st. e.d
Publisher Permanent Black
Language: English
isbn 8178240475
length 325p., Figures 3; 8.5" X 5.5"