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Hindutva Politics in India

Geeta Puri (Author)
Synopsis The book is a comprehensive analysis of the Bharatiya Janata Party as the major architect of the Hindutva politics and ideology since its founding in 1980. The BJP represents two important political legacies; first the erstwhile Bharatiya Jana Sangh which was founded by S..P. Mookerjee with the support and organisatioinal cadres of the second of the emergency resistance movement (1975-1977). This political biography of BJP depicts the various phases of organizational and ideological growth of the party. Drawing on substantial collection and analysis of party's documents, Geeta Puri presents a thorough and gripping account of the Vajpayee-led BJP's mainstream-centrist thrusts and the Advani-led party's Hindutva campaigns. The book follows BJP through its social and geographical expansion, political consolidation and parameters of Hindutva, ranging from the latter's crescendo state to its 'soft' version. The volume also explores the political and social constraints and the ideological limits of the BJP's Hindutva politics. Geeta Puri examines the BJP's existential dichotomy between identity and power and the consequent 'ideological self-betrayal' represented by 'backburner' Politics (1998-2004). The book analyses the BJP's inspirational, organizational and ideological relationship with the RSS and the resulting perpetual 'identity crisis' of the party. Geeta Puri underscores the negative implications of the RSS’ back-seat driving' of the BJP for Indian democracy and politics, and makes a strong case for the RSS to transform itself into a full-fledged political party. Assessing the BJP's demoralizing debacle in the electioins-2004, this book offers a democratic critique of the Hindutva politics and considerably contributes to our understanding of the evolution of BJP which is still struggling with self-definition.
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About the author

Geeta Puri

Geeta Puri (born, 1944) did her M.A. in Political Science from University of Delhi, M.Phil. and Ph.D. from Jawaharlal University, New Delhi. She wrote her M.Phil dissertation on ‘Bharatiya Jana Sangh and Bangladesh,” She published her book Bharatiya Jana Sangh – Organisatioin and Ideology (Sterling, New Delhi, 1980). This work was reviewed in Indian and foreign academic journals and leading dailies and news magazines in India. She has written extensively on organizational and ideological issues relating to Bharatiya Janata Party and its earlier incarnation, the Bharatiya Jana Sangh. She has presented her research papers in several seminars organized by the Department of Political Science of University of Delhi that were published in professional journals and edited volumes. Many articles written by her have been published in the Indian Express, Hindustan Times, Tribune, Pioneer, India Abroad and Seminar (monthly). She is Reader in Political Science, Dayal Singh College, University of Delhi.

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Bibliographic information

Title Hindutva Politics in India
Author Geeta Puri
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2005
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 9788174765000
length xxxviii+516p., Tables; Glossary; Appendix; Bibliography; Index; 23cm.