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Lineages of the Present: Ideology and Politics in Contemporary South Asia

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Lineages of the Present: Ideology and Politics in Contemporary South Asia

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    Aijaz Ahmad
In March 1998, India broke a quarter century's silence when it detonated a series of nuclear devices in the Rajasthan desert. Having announced it possessed the requisite credentials for membership of the nuclear club in 1974, India quickly disavowed any desire to join, pledging not to develop its capability further. The Pokhran explosions revealed that promise to have been broken. The principal beneficiary of its breaking was a rightwing government seeking to shore up its shaky base with commitment to the 'Hindu bomb.' While most in the West were taken unawares by this sudden bellicosity in the land of Gandhi, more scrupulous observers on the Indian scene insisted it had a clear history. In Lineages of the Present, Ahmad untangles many of the intertwined threads of this important history, so often poorly understood in the metropolitan West.  
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