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Saffron 'Modernity' in India: Narendra Modi and His Experiment with Gujarat
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Saffron 'Modernity' in India: Narendra Modi and His Experiment with Gujarat (Hardback)

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In 2012 Narendra Modi became the first Hindu nationalist politician to be elected three times to the helm of one of the states of the Indian Union, his stewardship as chief minister of Gujarat being the longest incumbency in the state's history. Modi and his BJP supporters explain his achievement by the double digit economic growth enjoyed in Gujarat under his stewardship, yet his detractors point out that Modi has been more business friendly than market friendly and that the state underwent twelve years of growth without development, resulting in great social polarisation. Polarisation is key to Modi's strategy. In 2002, an anti-Muslim pogrom of unparalleled ferocity occurred in Gujarat, leading to the biggest number of Muslim deaths since Partition. The Hindu majority immediately rallied around Modi in the areas which had been most affected by the violence. No serious riot has occurred since then, but Modi has cultivated his communal image. A marketing genius, he combines in his communication repertoire Hindutva politics and economic modernisation, something the middle class of Gujarat clearly appreciates. But that may turn out to be true for the rest of India too, in which case his regional experiment may be the launchpad that propels 'NAMO' towards the zenith of national politics.

BiographyBiography: generalBiography: historical, political & militaryHistory & PoliticsPolitics & governmentPolitical partiesHistory & PoliticsPolitics & governmentPolitical structure & processesPolitical leaders & leadership Publisher: C Hurst & Co Publishers Ltd Publication Date: 20/06/2022 ISBN-13: 9781849044295  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Christophe Jaffrelot is Research Director at CNRS and teaches South Asian politics and history at Sciences Po (Paris). From 2000-8, he was Director of CERI at Sciences Po. Arguably one of the world's most respected writers on Indian society and politics, his publications include The Hindu Nationalist Movement and Indian Politics, 1925 to the 1990s; India's Silent Revolution: The Rise of the Lower Castes in North India; and Dr Ambedkar and Untouchability: Analysing and Fighting Caste, all of which are published by Hurst.

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