9780415488471

Historiography and Writing Postcolonial India

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  • ISBN13:

    9780415488471

  • ISBN10:

    0415488478

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2009-08-10
  • Publisher: Routledge
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Summary

A critical examination of post-colonial Indian history-writing, the book analyzes the uses made of India's often millennial past by nationalist ideologues who sought a specific solution to India's predicament on its way to becoming a post-colonial state. From independence to the present, it considers the competing visions of India's liberation from her apocalyptical present to be found in the thinking of Gandhi, V. D. Savarkar, Nehru and B. R. Ambedkar as well as V. S. Naipaul and Salman Rushdie.

Table of Contents

Preface: Historiography and Writing Postcolonial India
Re -thinking Indian Histories
Historiography and Narrative
The Historical Sense
Hindutva and Writing Postcolonial India
Hindu Past
Re -imagining Indian Pasts
India: history and the myth of antiquity
Agon of the Past
Conclusion
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