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Sadhus in Indian Politics

Sadhus in Indian Politics
Dynamics of Hindutva

August 2021 | 264 pages | SAGE India
Sadhus in Indian Politics: Dynamics of Hindutva maps the changing face of contemporary Hindu politics, evaluating the influence of sadhus (ascetics) on the course of politics in India. This book explores the anxieties around ascetic engagement with public affairs, understanding politics as janaseva and polities as rajniti, and the authority exercised by these sadhus. It investigates the spirit of ‘individualism’ reflected by the sadhus in the organized and unorganized domains of politics, and traces the dialectics of ‘Hindutva’ reflected through selected case studies, exposing the patterns of how the sadhus got involved in the muddled world of politics.

This book also demonstrates the uneasy conflict between the modern Hindu right wing and Hindu traditionalists with their advocacy of Sanatan Dharma. It turns towards sadhus and gurus to explore the ‘Hindu-ness’ of the Hindus and confronts the metanarrative of Hindutva offered by various institutions. 
Preface and Acknowledgements
Seva, Sangathan and Hindutva: Locating the (A)Political Sadhus
Traditional’ Sadhus in Hindutva Politics: Problem and Paradox
(Re)Making of Hindutva: The Sadhus in the Vishva Hindu Parishad
New-Age Gurus: The Votaries of Universal Hindutva

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