Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The invention of Hindustan: V.D. Savarkar, Subhas Chandra bose, M.S. Golwalkar, and the modernization of Hindu nationalist langauge
by Chacon, Christopher, M.A., California State University, Fullerton, 2016, 57; 10144643
Abstract (Summary)

In this thesis I argue that Hindu nationalist terminology, particularly the concepts of Hindutva, Samyavada, and national identity, modernized amid currents of globalization and neocolonialism in the early twentieth-century. In the theoretical section, I examine how systems of knowledge and power in India were directly and indirectly affected by the globalization of western modernity. In the primary source analysis section, I discuss three prominent Hindu nationalists and their ideas in support of the argument made in the theoretical section. Veer Vinayak Damodar Savarkar (1883-1966), the philosopher of Hindutva, represented the ethno-nationalistic component to Hindu nationalism and looked to cultural motifs in order to unify the “true” people of India. Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose (1897-1945), the militant hero who formed the Indian National Army and outright opposed the British, contributed the aggressive discourse of nationalist rhetoric. Sarsanghchalak Madhav Sadashiv Golwalkar (1906-1973), the supreme leader of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), utilized Hindu nationalist rhetoric in order to mesmerize post-independence Indians and lay the foundation for the future of the RSS. Although these individuals represented a current within Indian nationalist history, their lives and literature influenced the language of Hindu nationalism.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: McLain, Robert
Commitee: Rostam-Kolayi, Jasamin, Santucci, James
School: California State University, Fullerton
Department: History
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 55/06M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: History, World History, South Asian Studies, Language
Keywords: 20th century india, Globalization, Hindutva, Nationalism, Neocolonialism
Publication Number: 10144643
ISBN: 978-1-339-99763-6
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