On the Indian readers of Hitler's Mein Kampf

Gupta, Suman (2012). On the Indian readers of Hitler's Mein Kampf. Economic & Political Weekly, 47(46) pp. 51–58.


This paper brings an analytical perspective to bear on media reports on the popularity of Mein Kampf in India and evocations of Hitler in Indian political and cultural discourses. The basis and implications of such reports are examined for the Indian context, and relatedly for North American and European contexts. It is argued that Hitler and his manifesto are now evoked in India and elsewhere in fractured and dispersed ways that elide their ideological significance. The coherence and continuing potentiality of fascist ideology and Nazi-like programmes are noted, and it is suggested that their conceptual shadow remains recuperable amidst contemporary circulation of Mein Kampf and evocations of Hitler.

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