Cracks in the Narrative

James W. Laine

in Shivaji

Published in print February 2003 | ISBN: 9780195141269
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199849543 | DOI:
Cracks in the Narrative

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Maharashtra possesses a regional history that most of its inhabitants consider as a patriotic narrative about the nation. Because India is a relatively young nation and establishing its modern identity and national vision is still under construction, it is likely that nation builders would count on the regional golden age for reliable material. Therefore, writers should compare the accounts of the already colonized Maharashtra with accounts wherein Muslims were still at reign and Shivaji was perceived as a liberator. There could be many ways of construing Shivaji's story as there may be parts that can be modified by the narrator, or portions of the story are possibly unreported and made known to the public. What this chapter attempts to point out is that authors incorporate ideas about themselves and their dreams in their narratives.

Keywords: Maharashtra; patriotic narrative; national vision; identity; colony; authors' ideas

Chapter.  4347 words. 

Subjects: Hinduism

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