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	Gurus and Rural Governance in South India | Aya IKEGAME

Gurus and Rural Governance in South India | Aya IKEGAME

Actualité de la recherche sur l'Asie du Sud - Séminaire du CEIAS

14 novembre 2017 | 10h - 13h

Salle 737, 54 boulevard Raspail 75006 Paris

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Associate Professor, Institute for Advanced Studies on Asia, University of Tokyo - Professeure invitée à l'EHESS


Indian gurus have been the main protagonists promoting modern spirituality in the context of globalising Hinduism. At home, many of them enthusiastically support the divisive 'communal' politics of Hindu nationalism. However, in rural Karnataka, southern India, gurus play a quite different yet significant role in rural development and governance. The paper examines how the rural population entrust authority and power to gurus in order to achieve what are often materialistic developmental goals. Here devotion becomes a way to constitute a localised sovereign that mediates and transcends the state, market, and caste politics. The paper also argues how the idea of renunciation or kin-less-ness has given the guru new legitimacy as an 'incorruptible' leader.


Cette séance sera discutée par Véronique Bouillier (CNRS), Catherine Clémentin-Ojha (EHESS) et Jean-Claude Galey (EHESS)


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