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Conclusion

S.N. Balagangadhara

in Reconceptualizing India Studies

Published in print October 2012 | ISBN: 9780198082965
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199081936 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198082965.003.0010
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The book concludes with an address to the contemporary generations of Indians, both in India and in the diaspora. It argues that, so far, Indians have taken over the European descriptions of their experience of India as though these descriptions are facts about India and her traditions. This prevents Indians from formulating what is valuable in the Indian traditions for humankind. This concluding chapter argues that in order to answer questions about the Indian traditions, Indians will first need to understand the western culture.

Keywords: Colonial consciousness; colonialism; descriptions of India; Indian traditions; caste system; Christian theology; European culture

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Subjects: Methods and Historiography

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