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Negotiating secularity: Indira Gandhi, Anandamayi Ma and the Eliya Rajah of Travancore. / Hirst, Jacqueline Suthren.

In: International Journal of Hindu Studies, Vol. 20, No. 2, 01.2016, p. 159-198.

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Hirst, Jacqueline Suthren. / Negotiating secularity: Indira Gandhi, Anandamayi Ma and the Eliya Rajah of Travancore. In: International Journal of Hindu Studies. 2016 ; Vol. 20, No. 2. pp. 159-198.

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