Hindu Nationalism and the Language of Politics in Late Colonial India

Hindu Nationalism and the Language of Politics in Late Colonial India

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William Gould
Cambridge University Press, 15/04/2004
EAN 9780521830614, ISBN10: 0521830613

Paperback, 320 pages, 22.8 x 15.2 x 2.5 cm

In this 2004 book William Gould explores what is arguably one of the most important and controversial themes in twentieth-century Indian history and politics: the nature of Hindu nationalism as an ideology and political language. Rather than concentrating on the main institutions of the Hindu Right in India as other studies have done, the author uses a variety of historical sources to analyse how Hindu nationalism affected the supposedly secularist Congress in the key state of Uttar Pradesh. In this way, the author offers an alternative assessment of how these languages and ideologies transformed the relationship between Congress and north Indian Muslims. The book makes a major contribution to historical analyses of the critical last two decades before Partition and Independence in 1947, which will be of value to scholars interested in historical and contemporary Hindu nationalism, and to students researching the final stages of colonial power in India.

Review of the hardback: '... the book is no mere addition to the growing literature on this subject in recent years. Rather, it provides a fresh insight and is therefore of major interest.' THE JOURNAL OF ASIAN STUDIES