The Greater India Experiment

The Greater India Experiment

Hindutva and the Northeast

South Asia in Motion

by Arkotong Longkumer

Published by: Stanford University Press

328 pages, 152.00 x 229.00 mm

  • ISBN: 9781503614222
  • Published: December 2020


It is important that even institutions often viewed as abhorrent are dispassionately understood. This assertion is what motivates Arkotong Longkumer's pathbreaking ethnography of the Sangh Parivar, a family of organizations comprising the Hindu-right. In The Greater India Experiment, Longkumer counters the urge to explain away their ideas and actions as inconsequential by demonstrating their painstaking efforts to influence local politics and culture in the "Mongolian fringe" of Northeast India. For the first time, Longkumer constructs a comprehensive understanding of Hindutva, an idea central to the establishment of a Hindu nation-state, focusing on the Sangh Parivar's engagement with indigenous peoples in a region that has long resisted the "idea of India." He describes their activities as a Hindutva experiment, and through that lens analyzes their actions and behaviors in relation to the broader Indian political and cultural landscape, ultimately painting a unique picture of the country today.