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The Sangh Parivar: A Reader (Critical Issues in Indian Politics)

The Sangh Parivar: A Reader (Critical Issues in Indian Politics)
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Item Code: IDE303
Author: Ed. By. Christophe Jaffrelot
Publisher: Oxford University Press, New Delhi
Language: English
Edition: 2005
ISBN: 0195669290
Pages: 452
Cover: Hardcover
Other Details: 8.8" X 5.8"
From the Jacket:

This volume brings together significant readings on the Sangh Parivar - the 'family' of Hindu nationalist organizations - and traces the rise of the right wing in Indian politics.

The volume describes the matrix of the Parivar - the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) - and how it was constituted. It examines the core group of the Sangh Parivar which represents major arenas of the public sphere - the Bharatiya Janata Party (the political heir of the Jana Sangh) in the political domain, the Vishva Hindu Parishad and the Bajrang Dal in the religious domain, the Rashtra Sevika Samiti (women's wing of the RSS), and the Vanvasi Kalyan Ashram (for 'welfare' of tribal groups), the Seva Bharati (for socio-ideological work among the Dalits), the Vidya Bharati (and its network of schools), and the Swadeshi Jagran Manch (active in the economic domain since the 1990s). The reader therefore shows that the Sangh Parivar engages with different sectors of the Indian society.

Besides scrutinizing and providing the first-ever comprehensive overview of these components, the volume also examines the major role played by the RSS and the VHP in the expansion of the Sangh Parivar, concluding with an examination of the ways in which the Sangh Parivar has stated to organize the Indian (Hindu) diaspora primarily in the west.

This reader is the first volume in the new series, Critical Issues In Indian Politics, aimed at students and scholars of Indian politics, sociology, history, and an informed lay audience consisting of journalists, activists, and policy planners.

About the Author:

Christophe Jaffrelot is Director of Research at CNRS (France), and Director of the Centre d'Etudes et de Recherches Internationales (CERI-Sciences Po), Paris. His publications include India's Silent Revolution - The Rise of the Lower Castes in North Indian Politics (2003) and Dr Ambedkar and Untouchability - Analysing and Fighting Caste (2005).

CONTENTS

Introduction
    Christophe Jaffrelot

1
THE MATRIX - THE RSS
1. RSS: Ideology, Organization, and Training
    Walter K. Andersen and Shridhar D. Damle
23
2. The RSS: A Hindu Nationalist Sect
    Christophe Jaffrelot
56
3. The 'Sangha' Citadel in Pune
    Thomas Blom Hansen

103
WOMEN OF THE PARIVAR - THE RASHTRA SEVIKA SAMITI
4. Hindu Nationalist Women as Ideologues: The 'Sangh', the 'Samiti' and their Differential Concepts of the Hindu Nation
    Paola Bacchetta
108
5. Heroic Women, Mother Goddesses:
Family and Organization in Hindutva Politics
    Tanika Sarkar
148
6. The Gender Predicament of the Hindu Right
    Tanika Sarkar
178
7. Sevikar in Thane City
    Thomas Blom Hansen

194
RE-EDUCATING THE YOUTH - THE VIDYA BHARATI, THE VANAVASI KALYAN ASHRAM, AND SEVA BHARATI
8. Educating the Children of the Hindu Rashtra:
Notes on RSS Schools
    Tanika Sarkar
197
9. Hindu Missionaries at the Frontier
    Thomas Blom Hansen
207
10. Hindu Nationalism and the Social Welfare Strategy:
Seva Bharati as in Education Agency
    Christophe Jaffrelot

211
IN THE POLITICAL ARENA: FROM THE BJS TO THE BJP
11. The Leadership and Organization of the Jana Sangh, 1951 to 1967
    Bruce Graham
225
12. The BJP at the Centre: A Central and Centrist Party?
    Christophe Jaffrelot

268
FEDERATING HINDUISM? THE VHP AND BAJRANG DAL
13. The Vishva Hindu Parishad: Structures and Strategies
    Christophe Jaffrelot
318
14. The Bajrang Dal and Durga Vahini
    Manjari Katju

335
THE BMS: A HINDU NATIONALIST LABOUR UNION
15. The Hindu Trade Union Movement in India:
The Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh
    Kiran Saxena
342
16. Work and Workers in the Ideology and Strategies of the BMS
    Christophe Jaffrelot

355
THE HINDU NATIONALIST APPROACHES OF THE ECONOMY
17. The Ethics of Hindutva and the Spirit of Capitalism
    Thomas Blom Hansen
371
18. The Swadeshi Jagaran Manch: An Economic Arm of the Hindu Nationalist Movement
    Isabelle Boutron

393
ORGANIZING THE DIASPORA
19. 'Far and Wide': The Sangh Parivar's Global Network
    Ingrid Therwath
411
20. The Vishva Hindu Parishad Abroad
    Manjari Katju

429
Bibliography436
Notes on Contributors446

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