In the present Indian sociopolitical scenario, a large number of dalit castes have become the main players in the electoral arena and politically mobilizing them has become a compulsion of all political parties. The strong desire of these castes to assert their identity based on their sense of pastness is being profitably encashed by many political parties who are appropriating their heroes and recreating their histories to suit their political ideology and thereby politically mobilizing them. This is especially true in UP and Bihar where society is still divided on caste lines and the lower castes are still oppressed.

Fascinating Hindutva examines how, aided by other Hindutva forces like RSS and VHP, the strategies of BJP for mobilizing dalits rests on reinterpreting their Hindu past and unifying them under the metanarrative of Hindutva. It is an exploration of the fascinating tactics used by the Hindutva forces to politically mobilize individual dalit castes like the Nishads, Musahars, and Dusadhs by saffronising their heroes.

Saffron Imagining of the Local: A Communal Map of an Indian Village

Saffron imagining of the local: A communal map of an Indian village

Jo dharm ke naam per dushmani paalta hai

vah bhagwan ko arghya se vanchit karta hai

(Those who bear enmity in the name of religion, They deprive god from true worship)—RabindranathTagore, translated from Bengali into Hindi by M. K. Gandhi

Whose village is this? Gandhiji's, Ambedkar's or that of Ramphalbhai, who is an activist of the RSS? We all know Gandhi and have also heard a lot about Ambedkar in the last few years. Both Gandhi and Ambedkar had very different ideas about the typical Indian village. Gandhiji imagined a village to be a republic, which he looked upon as heaven. It was a place ...

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