Gods in the Time of Democracy

Gods in the Time of Democracy

Book Pages: 368 Illustrations: 124 illustrations, incl. 14 in color Published: January 2021

Author: Kajri Jain


“Instead of lamenting the lack of a progressive secular spirit, Kajri Jain offers a rich, complex, and thoroughly fascinating account of how religiosity itself is being transformed in contemporary India into a public arena of democratic politics. Combining capitalist ambition with electoral competition, the proliferation of religious statuary brings together sacred texts, technology, automobility, and numerology into a new political aesthetic of monumentalism and spectacle. Jain argues persuasively that aesthetics is constitutive of politics, often in unexpected ways.” — Partha Chatterjee, Columbia University


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Paper ISBN: 978-1-4780-1139-2 / Cloth ISBN: 978-1-4780-1034-0