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

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Should Muslims Fear the Kiss?

Body as Resistance in the Times of Hindutva

This article questions the ways in which certain Muslim/Islamist groups engaged with the "Kiss of Love" protests in Kerala. These protests openly challenged certain dominant perspectives about the "body", sex and morality, apart from expressly resisting the penetration of Hindutva into Kerala. The author argues that Muslim/Islamist organisations that conducted counter-protests against the "Kiss of Love" failed to comprehend the trajectory of Hindutva's urbanspatial intervention, and have misread Islam's own engagements with the "body".

Having established itself as the political core of the Indian nation, the ideology of Hindutva is now focused on the creation of a Hindu cultural majority, with the process gaining sufficient momentum in every part of India, including Kerala, in recent times. From its inception, Hindutva forces have been actively trying to impregnate the social life of Kerala with both their ideology and physical presence (Osella and Osella 2000).

Hindutva in Kerala

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