The Colonialist Monologue and India Talking Back

Sabyasachi Bhattacharya


Published in print February 2012 | ISBN: 9780198075042
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199080816 | DOI:
The Colonialist Monologue and India Talking Back

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This chapter begins by providing a background to the colonial/Orientalist narratives that framed the discourses of ‘talking back’. James Mill’s History of British India and his adverse evaluation of Indian civilization are examined in detail. The chapter then moves on to responses of Mills version of Indian history from Bankimchandra Chatterjee, a litterateur, and R.G. Bhandarkar, one of the first professional Indian historians.

Keywords: James Mill; India; History of British India; Indian civilization; Bankimchandra Chatterjee; R.G. Bhandarkar

Chapter.  11850 words. 

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