Alt-Right with the Hindu-right: long-distance nationalism and the perfection of Hindutva

  title={Alt-Right with the Hindu-right: long-distance nationalism and the perfection of Hindutva},
  author={Sitara Thobani},
  journal={Ethnic and Racial Studies},
  pages={745 - 762}
  • Sitara Thobani
  • Published 2019
  • Political Science
  • Ethnic and Racial Studies
ABSTRACT In the 2016 US Presidential election, a small but vocal group of Hindu supporters of Donald Trump drew international media attention in India and the US for their political mobilizing for the Republican candidate. In this paper, I examine the political campaigns of “Hindus for Trump” and its affiliated groups to analyse the diverse ways in which these diasporic activists engage in and advance a number of distinct nationalist projects simultaneously. Tracing links between the “Hindus… Expand
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