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Dharmo rakshati rakshitah: Hindutva movements in the UK

By Chetan Bhatt


This article explores the relationship between Hindutva networks in the UK and the growth of Hindu nationalism in India since the 1980s. The article begins with a critique of ethnicity-based paradigms in sociological and anthropological disciplines and argues that they can share much epistemological space with ethnic and religious absolutist tendencies that have arisen in South Asian communities. It explores the ideological orientations that were required in the Hindutva movement to ‘make sense’ of Hindu migration and settlement in the West. Detailed discussions are presented of Hindutva views about the role of Hinduism in the global diaspora. The essay focuses on the structure and ideology of the Hindutva movement in the UK, tracing its origins to the patterns of indenture and early migration to east Africa, and looks at the impact of the Hindutva movement in the reorganization of youth and religious communities in the UK

Topics: JV Colonies and colonization. Emigration and immigration. International migration, BL Religion, HM Sociology
Publisher: Routledge
Year: 2000
DOI identifier: 10.1080/014198700328999
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Provided by: LSE Research Online
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