Haven Agency Agency من عند 27328 Hórreos, Lugo, إسبانيا
This book was immensely helpful in my paper about the rise of Hindu Nationalism in India that led, eventually, to the destruction of the Babri Maasjid Mosque in Ayodhya. Zavos beins in the nineteenth century during British rule and explains how, at this time, Hinduism wasn't really a viable world religion. It did not have the centralized structure or leadership of any other of the mainstream religions like Christianity, Islam, or Judaism. The British built up Hinduism into a viable organized World Religion in order to better create a functioning, codified chimera of British and Indian/Hindu law with which to run colonial India. Along with the other religious movements of the time, mainly the cow protectionist movements, the British organizational influence essentially created the groups, both reformist and reactionary, that played major roles in Ghandian Satyagraha, the Indian Indepence Movements, Partition, and modern Indian politics. In particular, these groups were the precursors of the Bharatiya Janata Party and Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh which would raise the Hindu Nationalist flag, rile up much of the populace, and destroy the Babri Maasjid Mosque in Ayodhya. This was a wonderful book, though a bit dense at times, and I would recommend it to anyone interested in or researching the evolution of Hindu Nationalism and modern Indian politics.