Changing Political Landscapes: Society, Religion and Media in the Indian Subcontinent

In recent times, across different countries, we have witnessed the rise of right-wing nationalist parties with patriotic nationalism and religion capturing the popular imagination. Even in democracies, no longer are political parties and subsequent governments indifferent to the religious sentiments of its majority population. In this series of articles, the authors explore the changing political scenarios in India, Pakistan and Bangladesh in conjunction with the religion of the majority, in the respective countries. Also, the role of popular media in reaching out to the masses with access to 4G enabled phones has played a key role in recent elections in India. Thus, the connection between changing political landscapes, society and religion linked by digital media is the broad theme explored in this series. 

Charting out the new dimension of politics in Pakistan, Iqbal Singh Sevea describes the rise of the new political party, Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan, with its leader, Khadim Hussain Rizvi, openly supportive of a fundamentalist form of Islam. He...
With the spectacular victory of Bharatiya Janata Party in India, the notion of Hindutva and Hindu nationalism have gained support. Malini Bhattacharjee explores the cultural appeal of the category of "seva" (service), one of the foundational pillars...
Tracing the journey of Bangladesh from a secular state to an Islamic state against the backdrop of Bangladeshi Nationalism, Samia Huq discusses the potential of Islam in the everyday public sphere in light of women’s Quranic discussion circles.
The role of popular media in furthering the politics of the day cannot possibly be underestimated. Robin Jeffrey analyses the role that technology has played in Indian elections historically and explores the potential of new digital media powered by...
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