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Engendering Post-Colonial Nuclear Policies Through the Lens of Hindutva: Rethinking the Security Paradigm of India

Engendering Post-Colonial Nuclear Policies Through the Lens of Hindutva: Rethinking the Security... through the more critical/interpretive angles of critical constructivism to explore how the interplay of religious nationalism/communalism as more intrinsic factors may guide contemporary India's nuclearization policies. It is suggested that the BJP's nationalist agenda, based on Hindutva, not only constructs an "internal" Othering vis-a-vis Islam/Pakistan thereby justifying India's nuclearization policies, but also represents a cultural rhetoric of masculinization vis-a-vis gender. The contribution of this article lies in appending the realist and the neorealist approaches to the critical constructivist perspective to understand the dynamics of contention between the realist and antinuclear groups in India and its subsequent implications on India's national security agenda––a hitherto uninvestigated area. The article suggests that the two groups broaden their interpretation of India's security paradigm from a traditional Westphalian to a more people-centric view of security, thereby contributing towards the stability of India's national and subsequently the South Asian regional security. Security in International Relations Classical realism stands for a pattern of political thought where real politics is defined in terms of military power. Shaped by the interests and ideals of Enlightenment and deeply involved in the global elaboration of Western reason, masculinity, and rationality, the normative conceptualization of the world order represented by http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East Duke University Press

Engendering Post-Colonial Nuclear Policies Through the Lens of Hindutva: Rethinking the Security Paradigm of India

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Duke University Press
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Copyright 2002 by Duke University Press
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1089-201X
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1548-226X
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10.1215/1089201X-22-1-2-76
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Abstract

through the more critical/interpretive angles of critical constructivism to explore how the interplay of religious nationalism/communalism as more intrinsic factors may guide contemporary India's nuclearization policies. It is suggested that the BJP's nationalist agenda, based on Hindutva, not only constructs an "internal" Othering vis-a-vis Islam/Pakistan thereby justifying India's nuclearization policies, but also represents a cultural rhetoric of masculinization vis-a-vis gender. The contribution of this article lies in appending the realist and the neorealist approaches to the critical constructivist perspective to understand the dynamics of contention between the realist and antinuclear groups in India and its subsequent implications on India's national security agenda––a hitherto uninvestigated area. The article suggests that the two groups broaden their interpretation of India's security paradigm from a traditional Westphalian to a more people-centric view of security, thereby contributing towards the stability of India's national and subsequently the South Asian regional security. Security in International Relations Classical realism stands for a pattern of political thought where real politics is defined in terms of military power. Shaped by the interests and ideals of Enlightenment and deeply involved in the global elaboration of Western reason, masculinity, and rationality, the normative conceptualization of the world order represented by

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Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle EastDuke University Press

Published: Jan 1, 2002

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