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Communalism and Secularism in Indian Politics: Study of the BJP

Sunil Kumar (Author)
Synopsis The book is a comprehensive study analyzing the ideology, organization, leadership, electoral base and also the Hindutva doctrine of BJP within the broader connotation of communal and secular politics in the Indian political system. It is the most updated work, which throws extensive light on various developments in the genesis of the party right from its inception in 1980, till date. Whether the secular credentials of the BJP are more pronounced over its communal overtones or vice versa is the dilemma that the author is faced at least in the beginning. The book examines the growth of the party in its new incarnation in an era of coalition politics, which has facilitated its march towards governance. The book also stresses on the paradox of Indian political system where the state is secular, but politics has become communal. The external as well as the internal shortcomings of the BJP have been discussed in the concluding chapter. In fact, BJP will have to adjust both its ideology and strategy in order to overcome its shortcomings and to remain as a viable ruling alternative in the national polity of the country. The work is a thought-provoking exercise and presents new revelations for the party. The book, in this way, leaves enough space for the scholars to view BJP above ideological affiliations and subjective considerations".
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About the author

Sunil Kumar

Dr. Sunil Kumar teaches in the Department of History, Delhi University. He received his Ph.D. from Duke University in 1992. His book ‘The Emergence of the Delhi Sultanate 1190-1290’ is in press. Meanwhile he has completed another manuscript titled, ‘Sites of Power and Resistance: A Study of Sultanate Monumental Architecture’. Dr. Kumar resides in Saket, in South Delhi, near the sites discussed in this book.

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Bibliographic information

Title Communalism and Secularism in Indian Politics: Study of the BJP
Author Sunil Kumar
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2001
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher Rawat Publications
Language: English
isbn 8170336694
length 336p.