The Biopolitics of Hindu Nationalism

  title={The Biopolitics of Hindu Nationalism},
  author={Angana P. Chatterji},
  journal={Cultural Dynamics},
  pages={319 - 372}
This article maps the incursion of Hindu nationalism in Orissa, eastern India. It interrogates Hindu cultural dominance and nationalist mobilization as it gains momentum in the state. It speaks to majoritarianism in the context of liberal development, the related apparatus of nation making, mediated by issues of religion, caste, class, culture, tribe and gender. The text, as history of a discontinuous present, offers counter-narratives of lives often reduced to ‘lack’ or ‘spectacle’, reciting… 
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  • R. Popli
  • Sociology
    Southern Communication Journal
  • 2021
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