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Hindutva: Exploring the Idea of Hindu Nationalism

  title={Hindutva: Exploring the Idea of Hindu Nationalism},
  author={Jyotirmaya Sharma},
'A clear and concise exploration of the writings of Dayanand Saraswati, Aurobindo, Vivekananda and Savarkar...Sharma cogently traces the virulence of present-day Hindutva politics to the feverish exhortations of the four figures who constructed Hinduism as the mother superior of all other, "lesser" religions' - "Outlook". 'Jyotirmaya Sharma's book, perhaps for the first time, presents a detailed descriptive and historical account of both the idea of Hindutva and its historical developments. It… 

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