Alternative Indias: Writing, Nation and Communalism (Cross by Peter Morey, Alex Tickell (Editors)

By Peter Morey, Alex Tickell (Editors)

The talk over even if spiritual or secular identities give you the so much attainable version for a much wider nationwide identification has been a continuing characteristic of Indian politics from the past due 19th century to the current day. additionally, within the final thirty years the more and more communal articulation of renowned politics and the slow upward thrust of a constellation of Hindu nationalist events headed by means of the BJP has elevated the urgency of this debate. whereas Indian writing in English has fostered an extended culture of political dissent, and has time and again wondered ethnocentric, culturally unique kinds of political identity, few critics have thought of how this literature engages without delay with communalism, or charted the literary-political reaction to key occasions akin to the Babri Masjid / Ramjanmabhumi affair and the hot development of renowned types of Hindu nationalism. The essays accumulated in substitute Indias holiday new flooring in stories of Indian literature and movie through discussing how key authors provide contending, ‘alternative’ visions of India and the way poetry, fiction and movie can revise either the communal and secular types of nationwide belonging that outline present debates approximately ‘Indianness’. together with contributions from foreign students amazing within the box of South Asian literary experiences, and that includes an informative advent charting the parallel advancements of writing, the kingdom and communal realization, substitute Indias bargains a clean viewpoint at the connections and discontinuities among tradition and politics within the world’s largest democracy. desk of Contents Acknowledgements Peter MOREY and Alex TICKELL: advent Anshuman A. MONDAL: the bounds of Secularism and the development of Composite nationwide id in India Alex TICKELL: the invention of Aryavarta: Hindu Nationalism and Early Indian Fiction in English Elleke BOEHMER: “First realize Your Need”: Manju Kapur’s Erotic kingdom Shirley bite: “Cutting throughout Time”: reminiscence, Narrative, and id in Shashi Deshpande’s Small treatments Amina YAQIN: The Communalization and Disintegration of Urdu in Anita Desai’s In Custody Ashok BERY: “Reflexive Worlds”: The Indias of A.K. Ramanujan Peter MOREY: Communalism, Corruption and accountability in Rohinton Mistry’s family members issues Sujala SINGH: The Routes of nationwide identification in Amitav Ghosh’s The Shadow strains Ralph J. CRANE: Inscribing a Sikh India: another interpreting of Khushwant Singh’s educate to Pakistan Sharmila SEN: No Passports, No Visas: the road of regulate among India and Pakistan in modern Bombay Cinema Afterword members Index

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1994): 151; see also Anil Seal, “Imperialism and Nationalism in India,” in Locality, Province and Nation, ed. John Gallagher, Gordon Johnson & Anil Seal (Cambridge: Cambridge U P , 1973): 15. 14 Zavos, The Emergence of Hindu Nationalism, 36. 15 Exemplary in this respect was Bal Gangadhar Tilak. The same was true, of course, for other religions as is evidenced by the work of Sir Syed Ahmed Khan. 18 All of this contributed to ‘Hinduism’, and later ‘Islam’, acquiring something like the homogeneity that could be claimed as a legitimate basis for national unity.

7 All of this suggests that secularism and secularization, and their limitations in colonial and postcolonial India, are of determinate importance in assessing the current political situation in India. 9 In particular, the assumption that ‘secularism’ in India refers only to the relationship of religious communities to the state has determined both the formulation of communal ideologies and the responses of their opponents. Hindu nationalists have in recent years successfully identified the supposed appeasement of minorities by the state as the basis for their ideological campaign to ‘desecularize’ 6 See his The Discovery of India (New Delhi: Oxford U P , 1946).

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