NATIONALIST DANGERS, SECULAR FAILINGS: A Compass for an Indian Left
Whereever there has been the rise of irghtwing populist forces, it has taken the form of an authoritarian nationalism. This collection of essays written between 2017 and the end of 2019 – a period marked by ominous developments domestically and globally – while theoretically explaining the distinctive power of nationalism, also focuses on how and why the politics and ideology of Hindutva has come to occupy the space it has. The author rejects the view that India’s Constitution and, more generally its pluralist social make-up, provides enough resoruces for a successful Liberal fightback against this danger. He argues that the path to confronting and defeating this largely unrecognized yet twinned challenge of Neoliberal Capitalism – Hindutva requires the construction of a newer and re-energised Indian Left.
Achin Vanaik is a retired Professor of "International Relations and Global Politics" and former Head of the Deparment of Political Science, University of Delhi. He has authored and edited several books on matters ranging from India’s political economy to international politics and nuclear disarmament to studies on religion, secularism and communalism.