The power of persuasion: Hindutva, Christianity, and the discourse of religion and culture in Northeast India

  title={The power of persuasion: Hindutva, Christianity, and the discourse of religion and culture in Northeast India},
  author={Arkotong Longkumer},
  pages={203 - 227}
ABSTRACT The paper will examine the intersection between Sangh Parivar activities, Christianity, and indigenous religions in relation to the state of Nagaland. I will argue that the discourse of ‘religion and culture’ is used strategically by Sangh Parivar activists to assimilate disparate tribal groups and to envision a Hindu nation. In particular, I will show how Sangh activists attempt to encapsulate Christianity within the larger territorial and civilisational space of Hindutva (Hinduness… 

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