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Biswamoy Pati

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780719086588

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719086588.001.0001

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Hegemony, shifting identities and conversions

Hegemony, shifting identities and conversions

(p.39) 3 Hegemony, shifting identities and conversions
South Asia from the margins

Biswamoy Pati

Manchester University Press

This chapter questions a basic assumption about Hinduism being a non-converting religion. It examines the process through which tribes and outcastes were/are ‘integrated’ into the caste system. While this phenomenon had distinct pre-colonial roots, it was substantially reinforced over the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Locating this process within the paradigms of shifts and changes in the political economy, this chapter seeks to establish its association with colonialism's desire to expand and tap the resources of Orissa.

Keywords:   anti-Christian mobilisation, Brahminical Hinduism, conversion, Hinduisation, Hindu right-wing groups, integrated, Kandhamal, Oriyaisation, Pana Christians, Phulbani

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