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Collective Memory and Pluralistic Identity

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198072485.003.0004
Collective Memory and Pluralistic Identity

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This chapter is divided into three parts. The first discusses the emergence of communalist interpretations of Indian past and their political implications. It also relates to the Indian scepticism about the modern concept of history. The second section attempts to understand the multicultural reality of India through its tensions and contending tendencies rather than trace it back to an original state of harmony. The final part traces the role of women, Dalits and Adivasis in the writing of Indian history and their role in contributing to a rethinking of the political community.

Keywords: communalism; nationalism; gender rights; Dalits; Adivasis; political community; Indian history

Chapter.  48212 words. 

Subjects: Methods and Historiography

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