Transnational bio/necropolitics: Hindutva and its Avatars (Australia/India)

Goldie Osuri

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In the US diasporic context, Kamat and Matthews (2003) have traced how Hindu nationalists draw on multiculturalist discourse for their presence while simultaneously funding cultural and political projects in India that incite hate and conduct violence against Muslim and Christian communities. In the Australian context, Hindu nationalist organisations have legitimised and consolidate themselves through the rhetoric of liberal multiculturalism. Such strategies which draw on state rhetoric of multiculturalism while simultaneously engaging in hate campaigns against Muslim and Christian others demonstrates Hindutva's ability to operate through a transnational necropolitics. This paper explores how a state biopolitics of multiculturalism enables the violence of Hindutva's necropolitics in the transnational routes between Australia and India.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)138-160
Number of pages23
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2011


  • Transnationalism
  • Hindu Nationalism
  • Biopolitics
  • Necropolitics
  • Liberal Multiculturalism


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