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Spinning was seen as both an economic and political activity that could bring together the diverse population of South Asia. This book looks at the politics of spinning both as a visual symbol and as a symbolic practice. It traces the genealogy of spinning from its early colonial manifestations in Company painting to its reinterpretation, deployment and manipulation by the anti-colonial movement.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction: Folk to Flag 2. Action and Identity: Colonial Representations of Spinning 3. Capturing the Wheel in Motion: Photography and Spinning 4. Absent Labours: Making the multiple into one 5. Gender and the modern charkha 6. National Symbols: The wheel and the body 7. Conclusion: Anti-Colonial to Postcolonial: Fading political symbols