Passionate politics

Democracy, development and India's 2019 general election

Edited by Dr Indrajit Roy

Passionate politics


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Book Information

  • Format: eBook
  • ISBN: 978-1-5261-5773-7
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Published Date: January 2023
  • BIC Category: POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Ideologies / Nationalism & Patriotism, Political Theory, Politics, RELIGION / Hinduism / General, LAW / Islamic, Society & social sciences / Elections & referenda, Humanities / Religion & politics, Politics & government, Society & social sciences / Politics & government, POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Process / Elections, India


Passions matter to politics. Yet, much of the work on passions in politics focuses on such spectacular events as social movements, civil wars and revolutionary upheavals, but ignores electoral politics as banal. The contributors to this book trace the importance of passions to electoral politics with a focus on India's landmark 2019 General Elections which saw the decisive re-election of Narendra Modi as the country's Prime Minister.

This book illustrates the economic, social and cultural processes that shaped political passions in India during the summer of 2019. The contributors compel us to take seriously the 'structures of feeling' in politics. Such an approach requires interdisciplinarity. Which is why the book brings together a stellar team of economists, political scientists, sociologists, historians and geographers to explain Modi's resounding win.


Introduction - Indrajit Roy

Part I Fear, love and fake news
1 Ordinary Conspiracy Theories and Everyday Communalism: Hindutva on the Indian Cyberspace - Amogh Dhar Sharma
2 People-led Campaigns in 2019 General elections: A Case Study of #Academics4NaMo - Swadesh Singh

Part II The emotive politics of Hindu nationalism
3 Cultural Majoritarianism and Neoliberalism - Ajay Gudavarthy
4 History wars - Shalini Sharma
5 The many politics of the poor: Imagining possibilities within and beyond Hindu nationalism - Indrajit Roy
6 Hindu humanism: Education and new Gurukul coaching models of Hindutva - Suryakant Waghmore

Part III Love, hate and Kashmir
7 The historical roots of conflict over/ in Kashmir - Sarah Ansari
8 The fear of Indian settler colonialism and the battle for Kashmir's soul - Ather Zia

Part IV Women, gender and love
9 Love Taboos: Hindus, Muslims and Moral Panics - Charu Gupta
10 Why is Romance Political? - Sneha Krishnan

Part V What young Indians want
11 In pursuit of Parivartan: Young people and elections in India's north-east - Mabel Gergan and Charisma Lepcha
12 What do young people want from elections? - Sneha Krishnan

Part VI The economics of India's passionate politics
13 Economic growth but for whom? Inequality and unfulfilled promises - Jens Lerche and Alpa Shah
14 Demonetisation, GST and all that: The Indian Economy under the First Modi Government, 2014-2019 - Kunal Sen
15 Agrarian crisis, farmer's struggles and women's assertion - Nitya Rao

Conclusion: India Tomorrow
16 The substantial autonomy of the Modi government's authoritarian project in India - James Manor
17 Modi Wave of 2019 and After : What has it Done to Muslim Politics in India? - Shaikh Mujibur Rehman
18 Cementing emotions: The new reasoning of emotional politics - Gurpreet Mahajan


Indrajit Roy is a Senior Lecturer in Global Development Politics at the University of York

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