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Hindu Nationalism and the Crisis in Kashmir
- Date: 01/30/2020 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
- Location: Library
409 Fourth Ave.
Longmont, Colorado 80501
- Dr. Ian Feinhandler returns to the Library with another in-depth examination of a geopolitical crisis in our world. This talk will explore the rise of Hindu nationalism in India, and how it has fanned the flames of insurgency among the Muslim population in Indian-occupied Kashmir, as well as examining the international dimension of the Kashmir conflict.
- India is a majority Hindu country but it is also home to 190 million Muslims. For the first 30 years of its independence, India was governed by the Indian National Congress (INC) – a party committed to secularism. In the last 25 years, however, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has experienced a dramatic surge in popularity – partly by campaigning on a platform of Hindu nationalism. For 60 years, the BJP has promised to deliver on three Hindu nationalist agendas: changing Muslim divorce laws, changing the constitutional status of Kashmir – India’s only Muslim-majority state, and building a temple to a Hindu deity on the ruins of a Muslim mosque. In August 2019, they followed through on the first two, and in November 2019, the Supreme Court of India approved the third. This Hindu nationalist agenda has sparked renewed conflict between India and Pakistan over Kashmir, and has fanned the flames of insurgency within the Muslim population of Indian-occupied Kashmir.
- Dr. Feinhandler wrote a Master’s thesis on the 1991 Hindu nationalist electoral victory in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, and he wrote his dissertation on Hindu nationalism and the 2004 national election in India. He spent the summer of 2019 on a research contract, modeling vote by Muslim women for the Hindu nationalist party in the May 2019 Indian election.
- For ages 16+.
- This presenter is particularly popular, and this event will likely sell-out quickly. Don't delay in registering!
- Registration is required and will open on Monday, December 30 at 10 am. No email address? Call 303-651-8472 to register by phone.
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