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The first to investigate the creation of the 'liberal intellectual' by Nehruvian policyExamines w... Read More

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The first to investigate the creation of the 'liberal intellectual' by Nehruvian policyExamines what being 'Hindu' means and why a 'Hindu nation' is not incompatible with secularismThe first to identify the obstacles in the path of India being a truly modern nation and suggests measures to eliminate themM.K. Raghavendra is a writer on culture and politics, specialising in film, particularly its political side. After getting a master's degree in science and working in the financial sector for over two decades, he has become a full-time writer. He won the National Award (Swarna Kamal) for Best Film Critic in 1997 and received a Homi Bhabha Fellowship in 2000. Since then he has authored four volumes of academic criticism from international publishers-Seduced by the Familiar: Narration and Meaning in Indian Popular Cinema, Bipolar Identity: Region, Nation and the Kannada Language Film, The Politics of Hindi Cinema in the New Millennium and Locating World Cinema: Interpretations of Film as Culture, the last book through Bloomsbury in 2020. He has also published four volumes of popular film criticism. His writing has been anthologised internationally, and he has contributed pieces to national-level journals and periodicals, including Economic and Political Weekly, Caravan, Frontline, The Book Review and Biblio: A Review of Books. He has written on a variety of political and cultural issues for Firstpost and Deccan Herald in the past few years. He is Founder-Editor of Phalanx, an online journal dedicated to debate.The Hindu Nation begins with an introduction examining nationhood in India and then traces the political conflict to Nehruvian cultural policy after 1947. In today's world, no religion can claim to be superior to any other. But in pursuing 'modernity' and inculcating the 'scientific' and 'secular' outlook, Nehruvian rationalism created an elite liberal class that was sceptical about the majority religion, but this was not extended to other religions because of a misunderstanding of secularism. In promoting Westernised education, the preservation of local knowledge was neglected and Hinduism lost respect among the educated elite born into it. The elite class became the intermediary with the West, which now dominates the academic study of India. Further, prompted by the sceptical attitude of many liberal Indians, Western academics and intellectuals accord Hinduism less respect compared to other religions and treat it as 'superstition'. Traditional Indians who revere Hinduism but are products of the same lopsided system respond by attributing false value to India's prehistory and its past. Hinduism is not a religion but a collection of practices associated with the space now called India. Author M.K. Raghavendra examines what being a Hindu means and asks whether its practices are reconcilable with global modernity and compatible with justice and egalitarianism. While examining the obstacles a modern Hindu nation faces, including the fixed ways of a large public, this extensively researched book also suggests measures to make India successful as a global power and Hinduism widely respected.A well-researched enquiry, The Hindu Nation examines both the creation of the self-righteous liberal intellectual and the strengthening of Hindu nationalism as the effects of the ill-conceived Nehruvian policies. It also envisages a political reconciliation of the opposing sides.An important and deeply thoughtful engagement with key political issues in India and regarding India's highly plural internal self-perception and contested image in the world.

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Title: TheHindu Nation
Author: MK Raghvendra
SKU: BK0451411
EAN: 9789390358144

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