Ajay Gudavarthy
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Neoliberalism and cultural majoritarianism in India
in Passionate politics
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The new nexus between neoliberalism and majoritarianism has altered the conventional dynamic between the desire for security and the aspiration for freedom, the hope for autonomy and the compulsions of responsibility, the comfort of community and the rights of the individual. Even as the idea of citizenship is hollowed out by neoliberalism, the majoritarianism operating alongside claims to foster a sense of community. Though majoritarianism curbs civil liberties, it does not impose limitations on the freedom to consume. In fact, cultural majoritarianism requires neoliberal reforms precisely because they provide for political practices (that augment majoritarianism by moving away from the language of rights and entitlements; from citizen to consumer) to be redefined.

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