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BOOKS OF THE WEEK - SATURDAY, 27TH MARCH, 2021

Republic of Hindutva
How the Sangh Is Reshaping Indian Democracy 
by - Badri Narayan

About the Book
For many years, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh has been working towards social reconstruction in India, which is then used by the Bharatiya Janata Party for political benefit. Contrary to popular understanding, the RSS has transformed to become more technologically savvy and socially inclusive, making the message of Hindu nationalism appealing to a large section of Indians. It has been actively mobilizing Dalits, tribals and other marginalized communities to assimilate them into the Hindutva metanarrative. Instead of wiping out caste from electoral politics, the RSS plays up the identity of disadvantaged groups, which translates into votes for the BJP. Drawing on extensive field research in the heartland of Uttar Pradesh, this pathbreaking book shows how through well-planned strategies of appropriation and social work, Hindutva forces are radically reshaping Indian democracy

About the Author
Badri Narayan is a social historian and professor at G.B. Pant Social Science Institute, Allahabad. His research interests range from popular culture, social and anthropological history to Dalit and subaltern issues. Writing in English and Hindi, Narayan is the author of The Making of the Dalit Public in North India: Uttar Pradesh, 1950-Present (2011), Fascinating Hindutva-Saffron Politics and Dalit Mobilisation (2009) and Women Heroes and Dalit Assertion in North India (2006). He has also been the recipient of the Fulbright Senior Fellowship (2004-05) and the Smuts Fellowship, University of Cambridge (2007).
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