- Title Pages
- 1 In Place of Ritual
- 2 The City and the Pagoda
- 3 Territorial Cults and the Urbanization of the Chinese World
- 4 Global and Religious
- 5 The Muharram Procession of Mumbai
- 6 Urban Processions
- 7 Urban Megachurches and Contentious Religious Politics in Seoul
- 8 Good Thoughts, Good Words, and Good (Trust) Deeds
- 9 The Urban Development and Heritage Contestation of Bangkok’s Chinatown
- 10 Dealing with the Dragon
- 11 Contested Religious Space in Jakarta
- 12 Urban Buddhism in the Thai Postmetropolis
- 13 From Village to City
- 14 The Politics of Desecularization
- 15 Parallel Universes
- 16 The Flexibility of Religion
- 17 Cultivating Happiness
- 18 Other Christians as Christian Others
- 19 Aspiring in Karachi
- 20 Can Commodities be Sacred?
- 21 Cinema and Karachi in the 1960s
- 22 The Cinematic Soteriology of Bollywood
- 23 Media, Urban Aspirations, and Religious Mobilization Among Twelver Shi‘ites in Mumbai
- 24 Internet Hindus
Right-Wingers as New India’s Ideological Warriors
- (p.432) 24 Internet Hindus
- Handbook of Religion and the Asian City
- University of California Press
This chapter explores the relationship between social media and an emergent group of right-wing “Internet Hindus,” with particular emphasis on a range of mediations—technological, social, and urban—that underlie its making. Drawing on important scholarship by Thomas Blom Hansen, Arvind Rajagopal, and Peter van der Veer, it considers the media practices of Hindu activists in the Internet age and the ways in which digitally mediated agency builds up and maintains the momentum of Hindu nationalist ideology. Specifically, it analyzes the production of the strangeness of the “religious other” through digital agency in Mumbai as a form of violence. Finally, it shows how social media such as Twitter shapes religious politics in Mumbai and Hindu nationalism in particular.
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