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Hindu pilgrimage sites and travel

Routledge Handbook of Contemporary India

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Knut A. Jacobsen

Print publication date: August 2015
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Religions are grounded in geography, so too the religions of India. Their ritual life takes place in homes, temples and on the streets, in cities and    Read more...
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Ambedkar’s life and his Navayana Buddhism

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Eleanor Zelliot

Print publication date: August 2015
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Dr B. R. Ambedkar is probably more famous in India now than during his lifetime (1891–1956). He is known for two roles; as dynamic leader of the Untou    Read more...
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Religion, identity and empowerment

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Ronki Ram

Print publication date: August 2015
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The present-day Indian state of Punjab has a unique pattern of caste hierarchy that differentiates it from the rest of the country. In the country at    Read more...
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Muslims in contemporary India

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R. Santhosh

Print publication date: August 2015
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India is the third largest Muslim populated country in the world with an estimated number of over 160 million, constituting roughly 15 per cent of its    Read more...
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Religious violence, crime statistics and India’s Muslim minority

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Marika Vicziany

Print publication date: August 2015
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The first part of this chapter asks who is a Hindu. Hindu nationalism (Hindutva) is based on perceived threats to Hindu demographic, cultural and poli    Read more...
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Christians in India

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John C. B. Webster

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In 2001 the Census of India recorded just over 24 million Christians. Christians were India’s second largest religious minority with 2.3 per cent of t    Read more...
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Combative constructions of femininity in the late twentieth-century narratives of India

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Nandita Ghosh

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This chapter will scrutinize how gender constructs available in the fiction, journalism, and scholarship of the late twentieth century complicate any    Read more...
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The new Indian male

Routledge Handbook of Contemporary India

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Michiel Baas

Print publication date: August 2015
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The August 2013 edition of Men’s Health investigates a pressing matter: ‘Why being Indian is good for your health’. The special section opens with a b    Read more...
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India’s role as an international development actor

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Emma Mawdsley

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India has been a provider of development assistance to other countries since the early 1950s, impressively soon after it achieved independence. This i    Read more...
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Changing food habits in contemporary India

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Michaël Bruckert

Print publication date: August 2015
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In 2014, while campaigning for the general elections, Narendra Modi, the candidate of the Bharatiya Janata Party 1    Read more...
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