Militant Publics in India: Physical Culture and Violence in the Making of a Modern Polity Arafaat A. Valiani

ISBN: 9781283361354

Published: December 13th 2011

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Militant Publics in India: Physical Culture and Violence in the Making of a Modern Polity  by  Arafaat A. Valiani

Militant Publics in India: Physical Culture and Violence in the Making of a Modern Polity by Arafaat A. Valiani
December 13th 2011 | ebook | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, AUDIO, mp3, ZIP | 284 pages | ISBN: 9781283361354 | 6.25 Mb

An historically informed ethnographic study of conceptions, arenas, and practices of physical training and militancy in the context of religious nationalism in twentieth- and twenty-first-century western India. Arafaat A. Valiani offers readers aMoreAn historically informed ethnographic study of conceptions, arenas, and practices of physical training and militancy in the context of religious nationalism in twentieth- and twenty-first-century western India.

Arafaat A. Valiani offers readers a telling glimpse and a rare insider perspective of the social world in which militants are made, explaining how group physical training and technico-ethical experiments with it have created a powerful religious nationalist movement in the Indian state of Gujarat that has been held responsible for carrying out massive episodes of ethnic cleansing against Indian minorities.

A close reading of Mohandas Gandhis writing on popular mobilization and resistance and a detailed historical investigation of hitherto understudied episodes of satyagraha (Gandhis celebrated concept of non-violence), this work illuminates debates on politics in South Asian history, anthropology, and sociology. Valiani interprets his own direct observation of Hindu nationalist pogroms in contemporary Gujarat, in addition to testimonies and ethnographic observations of the inner workings of the movement discovered by the author when he immersed himself as a trainee within it.



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