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Tradition Unseated: BHU Students and the Quest for Identity

Leah Renold

in A Hindu Education

Published in print January 2006 | ISBN: 9780195674835
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199081493 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195674835.003.0007
Tradition Unseated: BHU Students and the Quest for Identity

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This chapter focuses on the students' lifestyle. The discussion covers a wide range of BHU students, from high to low caste backgrounds, and even those with Parsee, Christian, Sikh, and Muslim backgrounds. It takes notes of their everyday activities, practice of religious rituals, dining arrangements, and extracurricular activities. It then addresses some issues, such as those related to differences of caste, religion, and political persuasion. The first part of the chapter describes the BHU as a residential university (the first in India) and the various residences available on campus. It observes that nationalism became the university's defining feature. The final part of the chapter discusses the fundamental changes made to nationalist activism on campus and Malaviya's outlook towards the nature of student activism.

Keywords: students' lifestyle; everyday activities; religious rituals; dining arrangements; extracurricular activities; nationalist activism; student activism; residential university

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