Amogh Dhar Sharma
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Ordinary conspiracy theories and everyday communalism
Hindutva on the Indian cyberspace
in Passionate politics
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In recent years, the dramatic rise of right-wing populism in different parts of the world has coincided with an unprecedented circulation of fake news and conspiracy theories, especially on new media platforms. In the lead-up to the 2019 general election in India, the Indian cyberspace was dominated by aggressive Hindu nationalists (‘Internet Hindus’) who employed similar tactics of information manipulation. This chapter discusses Internet Hindus to analyse both the peculiar affordances of social media and the communalisation of everyday life that have combined to buttress the rise of the Bharatiya Janata Party in India.

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Democracy, development and India’s 2019 general election

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