You are here

State and Civil Society under Siege

State and Civil Society under Siege
Hindutva, Security and Militarism in India

First Edition
  • P. M. Joshy - Sree Narayana College, Kollam
  • K. M. Seethi - School of International Relations and Politics (SIRP), and former Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences, Mahatma Gandhi University, Kerala

October 2015 | 284 pages | SAGE India

A comprehensive analysis on the rise, assertion and dominance of the New Hindu Right forces in civil society

From its forgettable electoral performance of 1984 to its historical victory in 2014, the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) story has been fodder for many political and academic debates. In this book, the authors show how the Hindu Right uses security, both external and internal, as a strategy for political mobilisation and eventual electoral success. It further explains the organisational and ideological penetration of the Sangh Parivar into the civil domain through strategies of securitisation. Deriving data from original sources, writings of leaders and their autobiographies, speeches, government documents, reports, pamphlets and manifestos of various Hindutva organisations, the work follows the growth of the Hindu Right forces and its trajectory over the years, taking a close look into its philosophical settings and political strategies. 

The book assumes significance in light of the massive electoral success of BJP in the 2014 elections.

State, Civil Society and Security: Theoretical Questions
State and Civil Society in India: The Historical Experience
The Hindu Right: History, Ideology and Strategy
Civil Society and the Hindu Right: Hindutva, Militarism and Cultural Mobilisation
Hindutva Politics: Post- 9/11, Post-Gujarat India

P. M. Joshy

P. M. Joshy is Assistant Professor at the Postgraduate Department and Research Centre of Political Science, Sree Narayana College, Kollam affiliated to the University of Kerala. Earlier, he served as Deputy Director, Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR) project at the Department of Politics and International Studies, Pondicherry University. He has also worked as a Lecturer (ad hoc) at the School of International Relations and Politics (SIRP), Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam, Kerala. He has contributed research articles to many national and international journals such as South Asian... More About Author

K. M. Seethi

K. M. Seethi is Professor and Director of the School of International Relations and Politics (SIRP) and former Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences, Mahatma Gandhi University (MGU), Kerala. He served in SIRP for nearly three decades and became Chairman, Centre for Cross-National Communication in South Asia, MGU in 2009. He also serves as the Honorary Director of the KN Raj Centre, MGU. The books authored by Professor Seethi include Coastal Security: Needed A New Look (2010), Engaging with the World: Critical Reflections on India’s Foreign Policy, edited with Rajen Harshe (2005/2009) and others. He has... More About Author

Purchasing options

Please select a format:

ISBN: 9789351503842