Sabyasachi Bhattacharya


Published in print February 2012 | ISBN: 9780198075042
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199080816 | DOI:

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From around the turn of the twentieth century, Indians began to question the colonial assumptions in imagining and narrating India’s past. This chapter provides an overview of the themes surrounding these narratives. It outlines and introduces the chief actors and themes in this process of ‘talking back’: English education, Gandhi’s complex ideas about the nation, religion, Tagore’s idea of a syncretic civilization, and finally Nehru’s idea of secular universalism.

Keywords: Indian history; English education; syncretic civilization; Mahatma Gandhi; Rabindranath Tagore; Jawaharlal Nehru; secular universalism

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