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Title: Enforcing and Resisting Hindutva: Popular Culture, the COVID-19 Crisis and Fantasy Narratives of Motherhood and Pseudoscience in India
Authors: Kinnvall, Catarina
Singh, Amit 
Keywords: Resistance; COVID-19; Far right; Nationalism; Gender; Pseudoscience; Ontological security; India
Issue Date: 27-Nov-2022
Publisher: MDPI
Project: 2019-04279 
Divine Ganges, Profane Development: Sacred Geographies and the Governing of Pollution 
Serial title, monograph or event: Social Sciences
Volume: 11
Issue: 12
Place of publication or event: Basel
Abstract: This article analyzes how Hindu nationalists employ fantasy narratives to counteract resistance, with a particular focus on narratives of ‘motherhood’ and ‘pseudoscience’. It does so by first introducing a conceptual discussion of the relationship between fantasy narratives, ontological insecurity, gender, and anti-science as a more general interrelationship characterizing pre- and post-COVID-19 far-right societies and leaders, such as India. It then moves on to discuss such fantasy narratives in the case of India by highlighting how this has played out in two cases of Hindu nationalist imaginings: that of popular culture, with a specific focus on the town Varanasi and the film Water (produced in 2000), and that of the COVID-19 pandemic and the emerging crisis and resistance that it has entailed. Extracts of interviews are included to illustrate this resistance.
ISSN: 2076-0760
DOI: 10.3390/socsci11120550
Rights: openAccess
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