The Nehru Memorial Museum and Library
cordially invites you to a Seminar
at 3:00 pm on Thursday, 9 May, 2013
in the Seminar Room, First Floor, Library Building
'Prayer and power in the Sangh Parivar'
Dr. Kalyani Menon
DePaul University, USA
This paper examines how religious expression, often perceived as distinct from the world ofpolitics, provides a means through which the Sangh Parivar disseminates its ideological normsand intervenes in the public sphere. Analyzing essays, prayers, and songs published by women’sorganizations in the Sangh Parivar, as well as public rituals organized by them in Delhi, thespeaker examines how women activists use prevalent Hindu images and practices to appeal tonew recruits and to construct their exclusionary community. It also suggests that it is preciselybecause religion is central to how people construct themselves and imagine their worlds that ithas become an important form of the political in modern India, and in the world today.
Dr. Kalyani Devaki Menon is Associate Professor in the Department of Religious Studies atDePaul University, Chicago, USA. Her book, Everyday Nationalism: Women of the Hindu Right inIndia was published by the University of Pennsylvania Press in 2010 (Social Science Press 2012).