'World religions' and 'ethnic groups': do these paradigms lend themselves to the cause of Hindu nationalism?

  title={'World religions' and 'ethnic groups': do these paradigms lend themselves to the cause of Hindu nationalism?},
  author={Mary Searle‐Chatterjee},
  journal={Ethnic and Racial Studies},
  pages={497 - 515}
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