By Arvind Rajagopal
In January 1987, the Indian state-run tv begun broadcasting a Hindu epic in serial shape, The Ramayana, to national audiences, violating a decades-old taboo on non secular partisanship. What resulted used to be the most important political crusade in post-independence instances, round the image of Lord Ram, led by means of Hindu nationalists. The complexion of Indian politics used to be irrevocably replaced thereafter. during this e-book, Arvind Rajagopal analyses this amazing sequence of occasions. whereas audiences can have proposal they have been paying homage to an epic golden age, Hindu nationalist leaders have been embracing the clients of neoliberalism and globalisation. tv was once the gadget that hinged those activities jointly, symbolising the hot probabilities of politics, straight away extra inclusive and authoritarian. at the same time, this examine examines how the bigger historic context used to be woven into and altered the nature of Hindu nationalism.