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Singh, Gurharpal (2019) 'Hindu nationalism in power: Making sense of Modi and the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance government, 2014–19.' Sikh Formations: Religion, Culture, Theory, 15 (3-4). pp. 314-331.

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As the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance returns to power in India, it is appropriate to reflect on the coalition’s first term in office. This paper provides an overview of the government’s performance in key areas, especially vis-a-vis religious minorities, and of the competing approaches through which its policies have been understood. It argues for a need to move away from conventional explanations that have failed to predict the popular appeal of Hindu nationalism. Instead, an interpretive understanding anchored in social constructionism offers a more meaningful perspective on the seismic changes that are reflected in contemporary Indian politics.

Item Type: Journal Article
SOAS Departments & Centres: Departments and Subunits > School of History, Religions & Philosophies > Department of Religions & Philosophies
ISSN: 17448727
Copyright Statement: © 2019 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Sikh Formations on 17 July 2019, available online:
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Date Deposited: 24 Jun 2019 14:21

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