Education for Nationalism


in Schooling the National Imagination

Published in print August 2009 | ISBN: 9780198062752
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199080205 | DOI:
Education for Nationalism

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This chapter explores the project of nation building that has lain at the heart of India's educational policy since 1947. Between the conflicting claims of the English speaking intelligentsia and the proponents of Hindi, the secularists and the revisionist Hindu state governments, the urban middle class and the newly powerful rural elite, education has been the site of multiple definitions of the nation. Various claimants to power, each with their own vision, have attempted to lay their imprint upon education, mould it their own way, and inscribe it with their own agendas. Paradoxically, these multiple and overlapping visions, these conflicting claims to educational power, run counter to the imperatives of nationalist discourse.

Keywords: India; education policy; postcolonial nation; nationalism; nation building; nationalist discourse

Chapter.  5532 words. 

Subjects: Sociology

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