Hinduism and Tribal Religions

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Nationalism (Hinduism)

  • Radhika Kumar
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-024-1036-5_241-1


Hindu nationalism is an ideology that is based on “Hindutva” or the Hindu way of life that draws from ancient traditions of Indian philosophy as well as historical and concurrent religious narratives and images. Having emerged during the colonial rule in India, it is strongly entrenched in contemporary political discourse both organizationally and electorally.

Narratives of Nationalism

Nationalism simply understood is an ideology of the nation. It is a systematic set of ideas which seeks to foreground a particular identity of the individual/community seeking a fit between state, nation, and nationalism. However as the three are not always congruent, it leads to the possibility of what Smith [1] calls “recurrent nationalisms.” Further, nationalism is not always associated with an “actual” existing nation but may promote the possibility of a “potential” nation. Clearly then, the narrative of nationalism plays a critical role in determining the way national and political...

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Radhika Kumar
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  1. 1.Department of Political ScienceMotilal Nehru College, University of DelhiNew DelhiIndia