Narasimhananda Swami deposited Review Hinduism and Hindu Nationalism Online by Juli L Gittinger Reading Religion April 2019 in the group Religious Studies on Humanities Commons 4 weeks, 1 day ago
Religions are widely accessible in the digital community and Hinduism and Hindu Nationalism Online engages with some of the internet’s representations of Hinduism, with a focus primarily on political and politico-nationalist representations. Juli L. Gittinger focuses on three organizations throughout the book: Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP), Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Though the title of the text is wide in scope—Gittinger prefers to focus on the Hindutva agenda. She quotes extensively from the primary texts of the RSS and VHP to argue that these organizations create a brand of Hindu nationalism and Hindu ideology—or Hindutva—that is not warranted by historical or textual evidence.