The God Market : How Globalization is Making India More Hindu, Paperback / softback Book

The God Market : How Globalization is Making India More Hindu Paperback / softback


Conventional wisdom says that integration into the global marketplace tends to weaken the power of traditional faith in developing countries.

But, as Meera Nanda argues in this path-breaking book, this is hardly the case in today's India.

Against expectations of growing secularism, India has instead seen a remarkable intertwining of Hinduism and neoliberal ideology, spurred on by a growing capitalist class.

It is this "State-Temple-Corporate Complex," she claims, that now wields decisive political and economic power, and provides ideological cover for the dismantling of the Nehru-era state-dominated economy.

According to this new logic, India's rapid economic growth is attributable to a special "Hindu mind," and it is what separates the nation's Hindu population from Muslims and others deemed to be "anti-modern." As a result, Hindu institutions are replacing public ones, and the Hindu "revival" itself has become big business, a major source of capital accumulation.

Nanda explores the roots of this development and its possible future, as well as the struggle for secularism and socialism in the world's second-most populous country.


  • Format: Paperback / softback
  • Pages: 280 pages, black & white illustrations
  • Publisher: Monthly Review Press,U.S.
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  • Category: Religion: general
  • ISBN: 9781583672495

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