This article uses the analytical tool of divine kinship to explore political charisma across Indian and Venezuelan democratic social revolutions. In both contexts, charismatic elected political leaders build their image of strength and action on a wide repertoire of cultural and religious resources that are legitimated by divine kinship. The juxtaposition of the Indian and Venezuelan political ethnographies shows how charismatic kinship inflects lived understandings of popular sovereignty and opens up spaces for holding personality politics accountable.
Charismatic kinship and leadership across India and Venezuela
Ann Grodzins Gold
Ann Grodzins Gold, Bhrigupati Singh, Farhana Ibrahim, Edward Simpson, and Kirin Narayan
between the origins sketched here and my path as an ethnographer of popular Hinduism and plenty of other things in provincial North India. I am certain that Hinduism, the only religion about which I regularly teach and have frequently written with any
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Navayana Buddhism and Dalit emancipation in late 1990s Uttar Pradesh
, creativity, and freedom that characterize popular Hinduism are simply dismissed and wished away by the Ambedkarites, who focus on the links with Brahminism and caste and denounce these sects as a culture of poverty. While swimming against the tide of popular