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“Hindu nationalism” refers to social, cultural, and ideological tendencies as well as political movements and parties that want their particular conception of Hinduism to be a normative and defining characteristic of Indian nationalism. This can mean a replacement of post-Independence secular Indian nationalism (see secularism) by Hindu nationalism. While the term “Hindu nationalism” represents an older and broa…

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Bhatt, Chetan, “Nationalism”, in: Brill’s Encyclopedia of Hinduism Online, Editor-in-Chief Associate Editors Knut A. Jacobsen, Helene Basu, Angelika Malinar, Vasudha Narayanan. Consulted online on 19 October 2021 <>
First published online: 2018

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