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Handbook of Religion and the Asian CityAspiration and Urbanization in the Twenty-First Century$
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Peter van der Veer

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780520281226

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520281226.001.0001

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Internet Hindus

Internet Hindus

Right-Wingers as New India’s Ideological Warriors

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(p.432) 24 Internet Hindus
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Handbook of Religion and the Asian City
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Sahana Udupa

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520281226.003.0024

This chapter explores the relationship between social media and an emergent group of right-wing “Internet Hindus,” with particular emphasis on a range of mediations—technological, social, and urban—that underlie its making. Drawing on important scholarship by Thomas Blom Hansen, Arvind Rajagopal, and Peter van der Veer, it considers the media practices of Hindu activists in the Internet age and the ways in which digitally mediated agency builds up and maintains the momentum of Hindu nationalist ideology. Specifically, it analyzes the production of the strangeness of the “religious other” through digital agency in Mumbai as a form of violence. Finally, it shows how social media such as Twitter shapes religious politics in Mumbai and Hindu nationalism in particular.

Keywords:   social media, Internet Hindus, Hindu activists, religious other, digital agency, Mumbai, violence, Twitter, religious politics, Hindu nationalism

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