The BJP and Hindu Nationalism: Centrist Politics and Majoritarian Impulses

  title={The BJP and Hindu Nationalism: Centrist Politics and Majoritarian Impulses},
  author={Suhas Palshikar},
  journal={South Asia: Journal of South Asian Studies},
  pages={719 - 735}
  • Suhas Palshikar
  • Published 2 October 2015
  • Political Science
  • South Asia: Journal of South Asian Studies
Will the BJP pursue its Hindutva ideology while in power or will it now gradually become a ‘centrist’ party? Responding to this question, the present paper argues that the possibility that it would transform into a centrist party is rather dim for four reasons: 1) the mixing of Hindutva identity with the development agenda during the national election campaign in 2014; 2) the mild and covert pursuit of Hindutva by both party and government; 3) the dynamic, but deep-rooted relationship between… 

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