Slouching towards Ayodhya
From Congress to Hindutva in Indian Politics
Subjects: Human rights and conflict studies,
|Pub. Date||July 2004|
|Pages||163||Dimensions||14 X 21||Rights||All Rights Available|
The three essays in this volume, focussing respectively on the international, national and regional aspects of Hindutva, provide three successive pictures of Hindutva, each, as it were, closer up than the one before, each probing progressively deeper into its dynamics. They analyse the structural basis, historical roots and political entrenchment of Hindutva, and assess the size of the task before the forces who oppose it.
Preface to the Second Edition
Preface to the First Edition
- A Field Guide to Rough Beasts: The Right Politics to Come
- Culturalism, Hindutva and the Contemporary Bourgeoisie
- Hindutva’s Gujarat: The Image of India’s Future?
Cover: The Saffron Wave (1991) oil on canvas, by B.V. Suresh. Collection: Devinder Sahney, Mumbai.
Slouching Towards Ayodhya’ is a powerful statement on the stridency of militant Hindu nationalism. Radhika Desai, its author, writes with passion and understanding, and her arguments merit scholarly attention.
The author of these essays shows exceptional command of the complex relationship between the various forces that have helped legitimize and sustain the onslaught of Hindutva. This is a 'must' for students of all forms of cultural nationalism, everywhere.
About Radhika Desai Read full profile ›
Dr. Radhika Desai teaches politics at the University of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. She is the author of ‘Intellectuals and Socialism: Social Democrats and the British Labour Party’, which was nominated “Book of the Month” by New... Read more