The Rhetoric of Hindu India
Language and Urban Nationalism

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This book examines the late twentieth-century rise of the urban, right-wing Hindu nationalist ideology known as metropolitan Hindutva. This ideology, the book assesses, aspires to be a pan-Indian, urban form that is home to the emerging, digitally enabled, technocratic middle classes of the nation. Through close analyses of the writings of a range of self-styled public intellectuals, from Arun Shourie and Swapan Dasgupta to Chetan Bhagat and Amish Tripathi, this book maps this new avatar of Hindutva. Finally, in analyzing the language of metropolitan Hindutva, it arrives at an emerging idea of India as part of what Amitav Ghosh has called a contemporary Anglophone empire. This is the first extended scholarly effort to theorize a politics of language in relation to the dangers of such an imperializing Hindutva.

AuthorManisha Basu
Height898 mm
Length598 mm
Width79 mm
Language TypePublished
Number Of Pages227
Package Quantity15
Product GroupBook
Publication Date2016-11-02
PublisherCambridge University Press
StudioCambridge University Press
Sales Rank236002

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