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The Algebra of Warfare-WelfareA Long View of India's 2014 Election$
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Irfan Ahmad and Pralay Kanungo

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780199489626

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780199489626.001.0001

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Gurus and the Hindu Nationalist Politics

Gurus and the Hindu Nationalist Politics

The Baba Ramdev–BJP Partnership in the 2014 Elections

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(p.119) 3 Gurus and the Hindu Nationalist Politics
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The Algebra of Warfare-Welfare
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Pralay Kanungo

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780199489626.003.0004

Though Gurudom is diverse, Gurus and Hindu Nationalism have a shared world, promoting and patronizing each other. With the onset of the New Age mediatized Hinduism and the rising popularity of these Gurus, the bonding between Hinduism and Hindutva has got strengthened further. Reflecting on Yoga guru and entrepreneur Ramdev’s life-journey, world-view, political activism, particularly with reference to his anti-corruption crusade, this chapter argues that though Ramdev’s Hindu revivalist and nationalist ideas are closer to the Sangh gospel in many ways, Ramdev has always nurtured his own political ambition and agenda. Analysing the complexities of Ramdev’s political ideas and actions, it tries to understand why Ramdev, setting aside his own agenda, decided to have a partnership with Modi and the BJP in the 2014 elections.

Keywords:   Ramdev, Modi, 2014 elections, nationalist, yoga guru, gurus, Hinduism

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