Somatic Nationalism: Indian Wrestling and Militant Hinduism

  title={Somatic Nationalism: Indian Wrestling and Militant Hinduism},
  author={Joseph S. Alter},
  journal={Modern Asian Studies},
  pages={557 - 588}
  • J. Alter
  • Published 1 July 1994
  • Education
  • Modern Asian Studies
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