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Author Valiani, Arafaat A.

Title Militant publics in India : physical culture and violence in the making of a modern polity / Arafaat A. Valiani
Published New York, NY : Palgrave Macmillan, [2011]
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Contents PART I: MODALITIES OF POLITICAL MOBILIZATION€€ -- Efficacies of Political Action: Physical Culture and the Kinesthetic Politics of Gandhian Nationalism€€ -- Preparatory Training and Disciplined Satyagraha in Bardoli (1928)€€ -- Militant Peacekeeping and Subterfugic Violence of the Quit India Movement (1942)€ -- PART II: ELABORATING POLITICAL ITINERARIES€€ -- Physical Culture, Civic Activism, and Hindu Nationalism in the City -- Physical Training, Ethical Discipline, and Creative Violence: Zones of Self-Mastery in the Hindu Nationalist Movement
Section 1. Modalities of political mobilization -- Efficacies of political action : physical culture and the kinesthetic politics of Gandhian nationalism -- Preparatory training and disciplined Satyagraha in Bardoli (1928) -- Militant peacekeeping and subterfugic violence of the Quit India Movement (1942) -- section 2. Elaborating political itineraries -- Physical culture, civic activism, and Hindu nationalism in the city -- Physical training, ethical discipline, and creative violence : zones of self-mastery in the Hindu nationalist movement -- Epilogue -- Glossary
Summary "An historically informed ethnographic study of conceptions, arenas, and practices of physical training and militancy in the context of religious nationalism in twentieth- and twenty-first-century western India. Arafaat A. Valiani offers readers a telling glimpse and a rare insider perspective of the social world in which militants are made, explaining how group physical training and technico-ethical experiments with it have created a powerful religious nationalist movement in the Indian state of Gujarat that has been held responsible for carrying out massive episodes of ethnic cleansing against Indian minorities. A close reading of Mohandas Gandhi's writing on popular mobilization and resistance and a detailed historical investigation of hitherto understudied episodes of satyagraha (Gandhi's celebrated concept of non-violence), this work illuminates debates on politics in South Asian history, anthropology, and sociology. Valiani interprets his own direct observation of Hindu nationalist pogroms in contemporary Gujarat, in addition to testimonies and ethnographic observations of the inner workings of the movement discovered by the author when he immersed himself as a "trainee" within it"-- Provided by publisher
An historically informed ethnographic study of conceptions, arenas, and practices of physical training and militancy in the context of religious nationalism in€twentieth-€and twenty-first-century western India.€Arafaat A. Valiani offers readers a telling glimpse and a rare insider perspective of the social world in which militants are made, explaining how group physical training and technico-ethical experiments€with it€have created a powerful religious nationalist movement in the Indian state of Gujarat that has been held responsible for carrying out€massive episodes of ethnic cleansing against Indian minorities. A€close reading of Mohandas Gandhi's writing on popular mobilization and resistance and a detailed historical investigation of hitherto understudied episodes of satyagraha (Gandhi's celebrated concept of non-violence), this work illuminates debates on politics in South Asian history, anthropology, and sociology.€Valiani interprets his own direct observation of Hindu nationalist pogroms in contemporary Gujarat, in addition to testimonies and ethnographic observations of the inner workings of the movement discovered by the author when he immersed himself€as a "trainee" within it
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Subject Gandhi, Mahatma, 1869-1948 -- Political and social views.
Hinduism and politics -- India -- Gujarat -- History.
Nationalism -- India -- Gujarat -- History.
Physical education and training -- Political aspects -- India -- Gujarat -- History.
Political participation -- India -- Gujarat -- History.
Religious militants -- India -- Gujarat -- History.
Violence -- Political aspects -- India -- Gujarat -- History.
Gujarat (India) -- Politics and government -- 20th century.
Gujarat (India) -- Politics and government -- 21st century.
Gujarat (India) -- Social conditions.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
Author Palgrave Connect (Online service)
LC no. 2011017326
ISBN 0230370632 (electronic bk.)
1283361353
9780230370630 (electronic bk.)
9781283361354