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By Rohit Chopra

This ebook examines the phenomenon of "technocultural Hindu nationalism" or using the web through international Indian groups for the advertising of Hindu nationalist ideologies. because the advent of Western technological know-how and know-how less than colonial rule within the eighteenth century, technological know-how and expertise were used as tools of reworking Indian society. clinical and technological services were licensed as crucial attributes of a contemporary Indian selfhood. And the possessors of technological abilities have traditionally been vested with the authority to talk for the state. The institutions among expertise and nationalism have condensed in principles approximately self and different, they've been integrated in imaginings of the country and the kingdom, they usually have materialized as claims approximately id, neighborhood, and society. within the current historic second, this courting manifests itself, in a single shape, as an internet Hindu nationalism that mixes cultural majoritarian claims with technological triumphalism. Technocultural Hindu nationalism yokes jointly the middle proposition of Hindu nationalist doctrine-the concept that India is a Hindu kingdom and that non secular minorities are outsiders to it-with arguments in regards to the drawing close upward push of Hindu India as a technological superpower within the worldwide capitalist financial system of the twenty-first century. also, whereas technocultural Hindu nationalism is enthusiastic about 'Western' know-how, it additionally defines itself, in strategic respects, against Western civilization. On Hindu nationalist web content, this obvious paradox is resolved in the course of the development of a story the place Hinduism is outlined because the ancient and philosophical origin of worldwide capitalist modernity itself and Hindus are provided because the common heirs to that history. This booklet locates those and different features of Hindu nationalist identification politics in our on-line world almost about the connection among know-how and nationalism in India from the interval of British colonial rule within the mid-eighteenth century to the current period of an economically and technologically interconnected international. This booklet argues that technocultural Hindu nationalism should be understood when it comes to the final dynamic of expertise and nationalism with its continuities and discontinuities: throughout the interval of colonial rule until eventually Indian independence in 1947; the interval of Nehruvian nationalism with its emphasis on technological improvement in a socialist framework; and the present post-1991 context following the liberalization of the Indian economic system, which accords delight of position to details expertise and the net. This e-book additionally proposes that the particularities of technocultural Hindu nationalism want, even as, to be assessed just about the modalities of on-line communique. towards this finish, the booklet takes form as an interdisciplinary recreation, combining qualitative and quantitative examine methodologies, and drawing on ancient scholarship approximately South Asia, social and cultural thought, and the sociology of recent media, in particular, the sector of net stories. know-how and Nationalism in India is a crucial ebook for all in conversation, net reviews, South Asian reviews, and postcolonial studies.

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