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With the rise of the Hindu fundamentalist BJP as a significant electoral force nationwide, Indian politics are in the process of a major shift in character. Not only is the shaky hold of Congress on power threatened by this dynamic party with its overt appeal to religious chauvinism, but the secular nature of the Indian state and delicate balance of relations between diverse religious communities are at stake. The eminent scholars who have collaborated in this book examine both the flash point issue of the mosque at Ayodha (demolished by militant Hindus), as well as the deeper causes - historic and contemporary - underlying rising communal tension in India today/ This book constitutes a profound but accessible re-examination of many basic features of Indian society and politics.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781856490504
ISBN-10: 1856490505
Format: Paperback
(220mm x 153mm x 17mm)
Pages: 240
Imprint: Zed Books Ltd
Publisher: Zed Books Ltd
Publish Date: 1-Mar-1992
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Sarvepalli Gopal

Sarvepalli Gopal is emeritus professor of contemporary history at Jawaharlal Nehru University. The contributors include notable scholars, historians, and lawyers.