Locating the Self, Community, and the Nation

Ranjeeta Dutta

in Religion and Modernity in India

Published in print January 2017 | ISBN: 9780199467785
Published online January 2017 | e-ISBN: 9780199087631 | DOI:
Locating the Self, Community, and the Nation

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The chapter focuses on the Śrīvaiṣṇavas in the Tamil region and discusses their reinvention of religious identity through the modernization process in colonial south India. It argues that there was the development of multiple indigenous modernities through which the educated middle class recast their traditions through the frame of religious identities. The Śrīvaiṣṇava modernity generated a specific consciousness of belonging to a religious community and, within that consciousness, the Brahmanical status was reiterated and related to the larger subcontinental Brahmanical identity. This modern community consciousness was further linked to the larger discourse of Tamil tradition, Hinduism, and the nation. Consequently, a modern public sphere was created in which the brāhmaṇa Śrīvaiṣṇava self influenced the modern discipline of history.

Keywords: south India; Tamil; Śrīvaiṣṇava; Hinduism; nation; modernity; religion; social reform

Chapter.  8189 words. 

Subjects: Asian History

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