Right Wing Politics: Interdisciplinary Reflections on South Asia
The proposed panel seeks to interrogate the political economy of shift to the Right and its global implications. The interest is especially in exploring some of the complex linkages, seeking to understand and explain the rise of the political Right in South Asia through case studies and comparisons.
· Sukumar Narayana University of Delhi (New Delhi, India)
· Bhabani Shankar Nayak Coventry Business School, Coventry University (Coventry, United Kingdom)
· Amit Prakash JNU (New Delhi, India)
Rightist shift in India over the past decade is fundamentally rooted in the struggle for power and pelf, often construed as an issue of majoritarian identity. The enormous growth of right wing politics has both social and economic implications on South Asian states, more so for India’s socially-regulated economy. Temporally, such shift is closely correlated to a growing consolidation of wealth in the hands of a few corporations. This creates a historically unique condition where ethno-nationalism promotes a peculiar brand of capitalism.
The crucial question therefore is whether the contemporary Rightist politics is one of a series of historical phenomena, or it has a peculiar character, especially in light of the processes of globalisation and neoliberal ascendency. The panel therefore invites reflections on factors embedded in the liberal politics of South Asia that have created a foundation for occasional Rightist turns and prognosis for its retreat. Are Rightist political formations a product of perceived distress or are they a central part of the process of political transformation in the region; and, how does it relate to the perceived ‘democratization’. Contributors are invited to examine aspects of these complex linkages, seeking to understand and explain the rise of the political Right in South Asia including the Indian scenario, especially the links between right wing politics, economic conditions and socio-cultural and religious formations.
- Forensic Nationalism: Everyday Politics of Normalising Violence (Reyazul Haque and Farhana Latief)
- Hindu Right and Indian Muslims: Interrogation of their Adversarial Relations and Its Impact on Minority Rights (Mujibur Shaikh)
- Marx-vaad na Mao-vaad Sabse Upar Rastravaad: Understanding Right Wing Student Activism (Bagesh Kumar)
- Masculinity in the making of nations: Men complicit in the rise of right wing politics in India (Debadrita Chakraborty)
- Overcoming scarcity? On the political economy of water in South Asia (Wolfgang-Peter Zingel)
- Peasant Populism and Right Wing Politics: A case study from Gadwal, Telangana State of South India (Jessy Philip)
- Revisiting the Cow Protection Discourse: Gender, Caste and Labour at a Gaushala in a North Indian Town (Ridhima Sharma)
- Right wing Populism and Citizenship conundrum: Making of Stateless Population in India (Manish K Jha)
- THE LUDIC REIFICATION OF HINDUTVA – THE HINDU SELF AND MUSLIM OTHERS IN PLAY/GAMES (Sushant Kishore)
- Willful ignorance and white supremacy – White 'liberal' tourists in India as a Hindutva asset (Otso Harju)