Hindu Nationalism and the Social Welfare Strategy

  title={Hindu Nationalism and the Social Welfare Strategy},
  author={Christophe Jaffrelot},
The rise of Hindu nationalism has been one of the most significant developments in Indian politics over the past 20 years. It is a recent phenomenon in terms of election results: the party most representative of this political trend, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP-Party of the Indian People) increased its number of seats from 2 out of 542 in the general elections of 1984 to 85 in 1989, 120 in 1991, 160 in 1996, 178 in 1998 the year when it rose to power as the leading force of the ruling… CONTINUE READING