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Becoming Religious in a Secular Age$
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Mark Elmore

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780520290532

Published to California Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520290532.001.0001

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Becoming Sufficiently Developed in Himachal Pradesh, or How Religion Became a Problem

Becoming Sufficiently Developed in Himachal Pradesh, or How Religion Became a Problem

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Becoming Religious in a Secular Age
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Mark Elmore

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520290532.003.0001

On March 18, 1948, Indian nationalist Sardar Patel informed Himachali politicians that the region of Himachal Pradesh was not ready for self-governance or autonomous statehood. The disappointment of this judgment was mitigated by Patel's assurance that the region would attain its “proper status and area” once it was “sufficiently developed.” It was against this backdrop of becoming “sufficiently developed” that the people of the region gradually came to understand themselves as being religious. This chapter demonstrates how the political mobilization that accompanied the push to recognize Himachal Pradesh as a constitutionally autonomous state was the decisive force in forging a unified Himachali identity. The emergence of a Himachali identity was essential for the emergence of all other modifiers (Himachali religion, Himachali politics, Himachali character, Himachali literature, etc.).

Keywords:   Himachal Pradesh, religion, political mobilization, autonomy, self-governance, Himachali identity

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