ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Culturalism and Contemporary Right

The formation of a Hindu nationalist government in May 1998 at the crest of hindutva's recent electoral surge clearly testifies to the increasingly authoritarian urges of India's ruling class. Hindutva's chances of holding state power more securely lie in a more complete hegemonisation of this now overwhelmingly capitalist class. Hindutva pursues this political aim in part by adapting its hitherto excessively shrill and narrowly petty bourgeois ideology to the more settled nature, proclivities and imperatives of the ruling class. To this end it commands the resources of contemporary culturalism and neo-Gandhian discourse, must be seen as part of this broader effort to change and update hindutva.

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