Ein Elefant auf Abwegen.

Indiens fundamentaler Politikwechsel unter Narendra Modi

  • Andreas Wiebel
Schlagworte: Religion, Indien, Narendra Modi, Hinduismus, Neoliberalismus, Nehru, Hindutva


Why did Narendra Modi become the new prime minister of India? What are the consequences of his election for Indian society? After giving a brief overview over hindunational principles and history, the article focuses on two aspects: the alliance between neoliberal economy and right-wing Hindunationalism (Hindutva) and Communalism, which can be seen as the political strategy to organize majorities for this two-headed project. By shifting towards a Hindu state, India said goodbye to the secular and pluralistic columns of Nehruvianism. On the surface Modi appears to be a big reformer, but underneath one can clearly see that his economic growth agenda benefits only parts of Indian society, and that on a structural level the Hindutva movement is fighting for a cultural turning point concerning language, religion and nation, called Hindi, Hindu, Hindustan. 


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Wiebel, A. (2016). Ein Elefant auf Abwegen. PROKLA. Zeitschrift für Kritische Sozialwissenschaft, 46(182), 75-93. https://doi.org/10.32387/prokla.v46i182.101
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