The rise of communalism in recent years as the major claimant to power in Indian politics has posed a serious challenge to the survival of democracy and is even threatening the fabric of the Constitution. Coupled with the fact that political discourse in the international arena has been increasingly using the language of religion, this phenomenon has posed a serious challenge to human rights movements worldwide. The seventeen original essays in this volume traverse a large canvas and critically interrogate Hindutva from multiple vantage points in the light of recent national and international political events.

Hindutva and Indian Diaspora

Hindutva and Indian diaspora

What defines the Indian diaspora? Why do people migrate? What are the forces in play that create the need for or compel people to migrate, sometimes at great peril to life, property and way of life?

India is a country rich with its diversity of cultures, religions as well as genetic make-up. The biological diversity of India stems from its location at the tri-junction of the African, the northern Eurasian and the Oriental realm. An interesting study based on an analysis of mitochondrion sequences of 101 Indians and examined in relation to the linguistic and anthropological pattern indicates that the Indian subcontinent has been populated by a series of migrations. These included the Austric language speakers, the Dravidian speakers, ...

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