Hindu Nationalism is not well understood outside of India, and its links to the global neoliberal trajectory have not been much explored. This important book shows why it is education, not a failed political system, that led to the rise of Modi and the right-wing nationalist ideology of Hindutva.
India will soon be the world’s most populated country and its political development will shape the world of the 21st century. Yet Hindu Nationalism – at the helm of contemporary Indian politics – is not well understood outside of India, and its links to the global neoliberal trajectory have not been much explored.
This important book shows for the first time why it is education, not a failed political system, that led to the rise of Modi and the right-wing nationalist ideology of Hindutva. It provides in depth insight into contemporary Indian politics and wider societal acceptance of India’s Hindu nationalist trajectory, as well as examining the role of class.
The first five years of Modi rule failed to bring about the development that had been promised and have seen India’s rapid change from a largely inclusive society to one where minorities are denied their basic rights.
Marie Lall, FRSA, is Professor of Education and South Asian Studies at the UCL Institute of Education, UK. She has 30 years of experience in the region and has worked with the World Bank, UNICEF, the British Council, AUSAID, South Asian philanthropic bodies as well as government ministries in South Asia and internationally. In 2019 she was named one of the 100 most influential people on UK-India relations at the House of Commons. This is her 12th book.
Dr Kusha Anand is Research Fellow at UCL Institute of Education. Dr Anand works on the intersections of race, identity, ethnicity, citizenship and education, mainly in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and the UK.
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