Methodical Research and Practical Orientation

Michael Gottlob

in History and Politics in Post-Colonial India

Published in print July 2011 | ISBN: 9780198072485
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199080731 | DOI:
Methodical Research and Practical Orientation

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While both modern secularists and communalists agreed that interpretations of history should be based on methodical research, they differed on what method and research meant for the production of historical knowledge and its practical use. Proponents of Hindutva and ‘Hindu history’ sought to maintain a higher ground on the basis of their alleged political objectivity, and secularists sought to introduce elements of methodical rationality in political practice in hope of steering evolution of state and society towards desired goals. Increasingly, however, critiques of Western frameworks used by the historians began to emerge from the Subaltern Studies group.

Keywords: secularists; communalists; methodical research; Hindutva; Hindu history; Subaltern Studies

Chapter.  9860 words. 

Subjects: Methods and Historiography

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