This paper discusses the ways in which the category "Hinduism" became available for national use, as a political resource. It argues that various forms of Indian nationalism mobilised the term "Hindu" or variants thereof in a number of ways, and suggests that these uses, of "Hindu" as religion, race or nation, can be dated to very specific points in relatively recent time.
ICCR Professor, Halle University, Research Fellow, Karl Jaspers Centre, Heidelberg University
Venue: Committee Room, Central Library, JNU
Date and Time: 15th March 2014 (Saturday), 4:30 pm