By Dibyesh Anand (auth.)
The illustration of the Muslims as threatening to India's physique politic is imperative to the Hindu nationalist venture of organizing a political circulation and normalizing anti-minority violence. Adopting a severe ethnographic method, this ebook identifies the poetics and politics of worry and violence engendered inside Hindu nationalism.
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Hindutva is upset by the fact that Indian Muslims adopt Arabized or Persian names or take up causes common to Muslims across geographical regions or Christians look to European culture as the norm. Conversion is seen as a rejection and humiliation of Hindu civilization. ” Griffiths’s discussion about the practice of early Portuguese Christian missionaries many centuries ago is presented by Paliwal as if it is about the contemporary situation: [The new converts] were given Portuguese names [the first significant move toward spreading Christianity in modern India took place under the Portuguese rule in Goa] (which they retain to this day) and compelled to adopt European habits of food and clothing, which meant that they became “outcastes” [sic] to the Hindus.
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