Directly to content
  1. Publishing |
  2. Search |
  3. Browse |
  4. Recent items rss |
  5. Open Access |
  6. Jur. Issues |
  7. DeutschClear Cookie - decide language by browser settings

The Demonic and the Seductive in Religious Nationalism : Vinayak Damodar Savarkar and the Rites of Exorcism in Secularizing South Asia

Nandy, Ashis

[thumbnail of HPSACP_NANDY.pdf]
PDF, English
Download (951kB) | Terms of use

Citation of documents: Please do not cite the URL that is displayed in your browser location input, instead use the DOI, URN or the persistent URL below, as we can guarantee their long-time accessibility.


The relationship between religion and nationalism is explored in this paper which takes Vinayak Damodar Savarkar as its core focus of analysis. Given the incomplete process of nation-building in the case of India and the intrinsic challenge of how to cultivate a nationalism when the sense of a nation and nationality is lacking, Nandy discusses Savarkar’s idea of Hindutva and the use of religion as a vehicle of nation-building. This, despite Savarkar’s being a non-believer. Nandy explores parallels with Muhammad Ali Jinnah, whose project of nation and state-building is also seen in terms of political categories that were drawn from the Western experience and ideal of the Westphalian state. Exploring the love-hate relationship with Savarkar that is prevalent in contemporary India, Nandy probes the concerted attempt to demonise Savarkar and asks whether this is yet another means by which a young nation seeks to exorcise its past?

Document type: Working paper
Series Name: Heidelberg Papers in South Asian and Comparative Politics
Volume: 44
Number: Februa
Date Deposited: 24 Feb 2009 09:34
Date: 2009
ISBN: 1617-5069
ISSN: 1617-5069
Faculties / Institutes: Service facilities > South Asia Institute (SAI)
DDC-classification: 320 Political science
Uncontrolled Keywords: Nation-Building , Savarkar , Hindutva , Political Hinduism
About | FAQ | Contact | Imprint |
OA-LogoDINI certificate 2013Logo der Open-Archives-Initiative