- 280 pages
- Wages of Violence: Naming and Identity in Postcolonial Bombay.
- Thomas Blom Hansen
- 02 May 2018 Thomas Blom Hansen
When Bombay Changed Its Name To Mumbai In 1995, It Was The Culmination Of A Long Process That Transformed India S Primary Symbol Of Modernity And Cultural Diversity Into A Site Of Intense Ethnic Conflict And Violent Nationalism Wages Of Violence Is A Startling Account Of How The City S Atmosphere, Dominant Public Languages, And Power Structures Have Changed Since The 1960s The Book Centers On How Shiv Sena, A Militant Hindu Movement, Has Advanced A New, Plebeian Political Culture And Has Undermined Democratic Rule In India S Premier City Drawing On A Large Body Of Archival Material And Conversations With People From All Walks Of Life, Thomas Blom Hansen Paints A Vivid Picture Of This Dynamic And Violent Movement Challenging Conventional Views Of Recent Trends In Indian Politics, Hansen Shows That The Xenophobic Public Culture Of Today S Mumbai Has Deep Roots In The Region S History And Its Contested Identities We Are Also Given Revealing Insights Into The City S Muslim Communities And The Authorities Understanding And Control Of The Ethno Religious Subcultures In The City Hansen Argues Cogently That Shiv Sena S Success Represents The Violent Possibilities Of The Vernacularization Of Democracy In India Unfolding At A Juncture Where The Globalization Of India S Economy Is Having A Deepening Impact On The Lives Of Ordinary People, This Is A Story That Resonates With The Directions Urban Growth Is Taking Both Elsewhere In India And Beyond.