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Hindu Nationalism and the Language of Politics in Late Colonial India : Cambridge Studies in Indian History and Society - William Gould

Hindu Nationalism and the Language of Politics in Late Colonial India

Cambridge Studies in Indian History and Society


Published: 14th June 2004
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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.

'... 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 'William Gould has written a very fine book ...' Journal of Modern Asian Studies 'The author handles his material with considerable dexterity and writes with some elegance.' Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society

Congress and the Hindu nation: symbols, rhetoric and action
Muslims, mass movements and untouchable uplift
The Aryan Congress: history, youth and the 'Hindu Race'
Congress radicals and Hindu militancy
Congress 'Raj', riots and Muslim mass contacts
Congress, Pakistan and volunteer militarism
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ISBN: 9780521830614
ISBN-10: 0521830613
Series: Cambridge Studies in Indian History and Society
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 14th June 2004
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 2.2
Weight (kg): 0.64