The rise of Hindu nationalism in India has been an
integral feature of political developments and cultural change over the last few
decades. Accomplished by electoral means as well as by aggressive politics and
vast media influence, the ascendancy of Hindutva has been the focus of serious
attention in academic debates.
Written in the aftermath of the Babri Masjid
demolition, Making India Hindu brings together the work of eminent
scholars to provide an interdisciplinary perspective on communalism in India.
an in-depth Introduction and a new Preface, these essays show how Hindutva's
spreading and deepening influence has drawn sustenance from cultural trends that
permeate modern Indian history and from multifarious media that propagate
While the first edition helped explain the rise of Hindutva across
the world in the 1980s, the second edition, updated to the 2004 elections,
highlights the direct and indirect operations of Hindutva within India's
An incisive analysis of current events by Ludden and a thoroughly revised
bibliography make the second edition of this classic a significant read for
historians, political scientists, and students and scholars interested in the
role of politics, religion, and nationalism in South Asia.
About the Author:
David Ludden is Professor of History at the University of Pennsylvania.
Excerpts from Reviews:
'The most encouraging feature of this book is the willingness of so many
established scholars to confront the inescapable mystery of the phenomenon of
communalism. ...The richness of the resultant fare is, for once, commensurate
with the legitimately baffling complexity of the phenomenon.'
- Alok Rai, The Book Review
'....seeks to provide a window on the world of conflict that developed inside
nationalism around the globe in the 1980s...'
- Harsh Sethi, The Hindu
'....it presents an array of different opinions and enables the problem to be
seen from different perspectives and through different intellectual lenses.'
- H Y Sharada Prasad, Biblio
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