Hinduism Against Hindutva

deadline for submissions: 
November 1, 2022
full name / name of organization: 
Mukti Lakhi Mangharam
contact email: 

 

Hinduism Against Hindutva

 

In the summer of 2021, speakers at the Dismantling Global Hindutva conference stated: "In our advocacy, we state clearly that Hindutva ideology is not the same as the Hinduism that we aspire to, but we cannot deny that proponents of Hindutva are doing so as Hindus, in the name of a monolithic Hinduism. As Shana Sippy put it, not all Hinduism is Hindutva, but Hindutva is clearly one manifestation of Hinduism.”

To contest the kind of monolithic Hinduism that has lent itself to Hindutva and that is becoming increasingly dominant, we are compiling an edited collection that seeks to center ethical, inclusive, anti-caste, feminist and anti-patriarchal strands of thought in Hindu mythology, philosophy and culture. This collection will not be a defense of Hinduism. Rather, it will acknowledge the hierarchical and oppressive forms that Hinduism has taken and seek to mount critiques of them from within the tradition itself, highlighting a centuries old process of radical dissent and interpretation within a vast and differentiated cultural system of thought and practice. The collection would critique the strands that lend themselves so easily to/are Hindutva and seek to understand and lend force to the more complex strands within Hinduism that can be interpreted in ways that are anti-hierarchical and inclusive.

 

We invite 300 word abstracts from interested contributors.Please email mukti.l.m@rutgers.edu