Afterword: Communalism after Communalism

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:
Afterword: Communalism after Communalism

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This chapter presents some concluding thoughts from the author. It looks at a condition of post-communalism, in which the context and the discursive space that made for what was characterized as communalism no longer endures. It suggests that the antagonisms, the suspicion and hatred, and the bloodletting between organized groups claiming to speak for different religious communities appear to have taken on more vicious and undisguised forms. But the easy categorization of these politics as communalism is not quite so comfortably done: and the search is on for an alternative and perhaps more adequate conceptualization of these tendencies and occurrences. The reasons for unease may lie in the erosion of the neat ideals of nationalism and communalism, progress and reaction that we have long lived with. It is these are examined a little more closely.

Keywords: post-communalism; communalism; nationalism; religious communities

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