This talk examines the life and work of two Punjabi anticolonialists who shaped global Hindutva in the twentieth century: Lala Lajpat Rai (1865-1928) and Bhai Parmanand (1876-1947). It argues that Rai and Parmanand were influenced by a diverse range of texts and individuals across the political spectrum that contributed to their worldbuilding ideas across national borders and identities. Both Rai and Parmanand were global travelers, serving as roving missionaries of the revivalist religious organization called the Arya Samaj, seeking to understand the place of Hindus across a number of continents. By applying a global intellectual historian’s perspective to global Hindutva, this study allows for globality to influence and be influenced by its main proponents such as Lajpat Rai and Bhai Parmanand in the construction of the concept of Hindutva. 

Light lunch will be provided. 

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