The Bigoted Julaha

Gyanendra Pandey

in The Construction of Communalism in Colonial North India

Published in print August 2006 | ISBN: 9780198077305
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199081097 | DOI:
The Bigoted Julaha

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This chapter examines the origins of one particular colonial caste-stereotype — the ‘ bigoted Julaha’ — which was frequently used in the analysis of sectarian strife in the Bhojpuri region. This stereotype decimated the weavers' history. It erased the differences in the self image and historical circumstances of different groups of Muslim weavers in north India. The economic, social and political dislocation of the colonial period, combined with other factors, and the renewed struggle for power and prestige led to the julaha acts of resistance and outbreaks of fighting over the symbols of Hinduism and Islam. The colonial stereotype passed into sociological records and into the hands of the modern historian.

Keywords: colonial caste-stereotype; sectarian strife; Bhojpuri; bigotry; politicized religious community; julaha

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