‘Hindi, Hindu, Hindustan’

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:
‘Hindi, Hindu, Hindustan’

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This chapter focuses on Hindu and Muslim movements in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, which were in large part an answer to a colonialism that challenged the validity of the indigenous forms of social existence in virtually every respect. They represented an effort by people at many different levels of the society to overcome the marks of subordination and humiliation that had come with colonial rule. On the one hand, these efforts suggest a political vision of emerging or potential unity based on the common interests of all Indians. On the other hand, it indicates the existence of a vision of society as already formed into discrete communities, each with its own priorities and interests and each with the right to determine its own (‘social’) future.

Keywords: Hindus; Muslims; political vision; colonialism; unity

Chapter.  12042 words. 

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