Southern Asia Seminar: The Poetics of Hindutva

May 5, 2022 - 5pm

Foster 103 and Zoom


Janaki Bakhle, Associate Professor, Department of History, UC Berkeley

V.D. Savarkar, the principal ideologue of Hindu fundamentalism and author of “Essentials of Hindutva” — the de facto manifesto of the Hindu right — thought of himself as a poet first, and only secondly as a politician or historian. I will talk about how poetry became the critical modality of his political imagination, and why it matters for understanding the history of right wing nationalist ideology in India.

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