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Love taboos
Hindus, Muslims and moral panics
in Passionate politics
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This chapter juxtaposes disjunctive invocations of Hindu male prowess and constructions of the ‘licentious’ and sexually ‘ferocious’ Muslim male on the one hand, and assertions of recalcitrant romances and ‘illicit’ intimacies on the other, in modern India. It takes its cue from two campaigns and events in present-day India. The first is a manufactured movement by hegemonic, homogenised Hindu identities and patriarchies around conversions of Hindu women by Muslim men under the supposed threat of ‘love jihad’. The second is the launch of ‘anti-Romeo’ squads by the BJP government in Uttar Pradesh, which is supposedly meant to be against the euphemistically named ‘eve teasing’, but can often become a source of harassment and fear for women and men, and a means to perpetuate love taboos. Through these two markers, the chapter probes intersections between masculinities, sexualities, religious identities, intimate lives and political articulations.

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