Negotiating Identities: The Local and the National

Mushirul Hasan

in From Pluralism to Separatism

Published in print November 2007 | ISBN: 9780195693232
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199081882 | DOI:
  Negotiating Identities: The Local and the National

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The men of Masauli and Baragaon used to be great storytellers, but people rarely talk about them nowadays. The family archives were destroyed when police conducted raids at the height of non-cooperation in Bara Banki district in the United Provinces. Rafi Ahmed Kidwai did not leave any account of his life. Wilayat Ali Kidwai lived during the formative years of the fight for nationalism, which intensified in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries in part due to the printed word. Wilayat Ali witnessed events in the Balkans that pushed Muslims into the mainstream of Indian nationalism. Wilayat Ali died in July 1918 due to cholera, leaving behind his twenty-eight-year-old wife and five children.

Keywords: Bara Banki district; United Provinces; Rafi Ahmed Kidwai; nationalism; India; Wilayat Ali Kidwai; Muslims; Masauli; Baragaon

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