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Borders and Those Who Crossed Them <i>Inside India</i>

Mushirul Hasan

in Between Modernity and Nationalism

Published in print December 2009 | ISBN: 9780198063322
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199080502 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198063322.003.0007
Borders and Those Who Crossed Them Inside India

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This chapter examines Inside India, a major source for understanding politics and society. In this book, Halide opened the way for a view of contemporary history in which attention is not given exclusively to points of difference but to the principle of unity in diversity. She gave a voice to the diversity of lived experience, and challenged the proclivity to speak of religious communities representing a homogeneous culture. Inside India is, therefore, a record of events and a portrait gallery of personalities. It has stories of people met and of old acquaintanceship renewed. It helps to define or perhaps problematize the direction of politics in general, and ‘Muslim politics’, in particular. Even though the geographical foci are small, the book captures a variety of images and weaves together a rich and complex tapestry of key period during the twentieth century.

Keywords: Halide Edip; Indian history; Inside India

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