Giorgio Shani, Sikh Nationalism and Identity in a Global Age. London, New York: Routledge, 2007. ISBN: 9780415421904. List Price: $150.00 (Cloth).
Sikh Nationalism and Identity in a Global Age examines the construction of a Sikh national identity in post-colonial India and the diaspora and explores the reasons for the failure of the movement for an independent Sikh state: Khalistan. Based on a decade of research, it is argued that the failure of the movement to bring about a sovereign, Sikh state should not be interpreted as resulting from the weakness of the communal ties which bind members of the Sikh nation together, but points to the transformation of national identity under conditions of globalization. Globalization is perceived to have severed the link between nation and state and, through the proliferation and development of Information and Communications Technologies (ICTs), has facilitated the articulation of a transnational diasporic Sikh identity. It is argued that this diasporic identity potentially challenges the conventional narratives of international relations and makes the imagination of a post-Westphalian community possible. Theoretically innovative and interdisciplinary in approach, it will be primarily of interest to students of South Asian studies, political science and international relations, as well as to many others trying to come to terms with the continued importance of religious and cultural identities in times of rapid political, economic, social and cultural change.
John McGuire, Hindu Nationalism and Governance. New York: Oxford University Press, 2007. ISBN-13: 97801956779229. List Price: $45.00
This volume assembles some of the best thinkers and actors in Indian politics, especially Hindu nationalist politics, to focus on governance under the BJP government in Indian across sectors, including its political alliances, performance in elections, economic reforms, and privatization, food security, ideology, revisionist histories, religion, nationalism, and the media. In short, this constitutes a very comprehensive coverage of various important issues that engaged the BJP government in India earlier. The volume will renew interest in the core ideas of Hindutva and politics and how these came to be articulated across institutions and policies.
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