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Memories and Postmemories of the Partition of India

Memories and Postmemories of the Partition of India

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Anjali Gera Roy
July 22, 2019

This book examines the afterlife of Partition as imprinted on the memories and postmemories of survivors and their children to show how they script their life stories to reinscribe tragic tales of violence and abjection into triumphalist sagas of fortitude, resilience, industry, enterprise and...

Democracy and Unity in India: Understanding the All India Phenomenon, 1940-1960

Democracy and Unity in India: Understanding the All India Phenomenon, 1940-1960

1st Edition

Emily Rook-Koepsel
May 01, 2019

This book analyzes the ways in which organizations and individuals in India grappled with and contested definitions of democracy and unity in the decades directly preceding and following independent Indian statehood. The All India Scheduled Castes Federation and the All India Women’s Conference...

Evolution, Race and Public Spheres in India: Vernacular Concepts and Sciences (1860-1930)

Evolution, Race and Public Spheres in India: Vernacular Concepts and Sciences (1860-1930)

1st Edition

Luzia Savary
April 02, 2019

This book provides an in-depth exploration of South Asian readaptations of race in vernacular languages. The focus is on a diverse set of printed texts, periodicals and books in Hindi and Urdu, two of the major print languages of British North India, written between 1860 and 1930. Imperial...

Gender, Nationalism, and Genocide in Bangladesh: Naristhan/Ladyland

Gender, Nationalism, and Genocide in Bangladesh: Naristhan/Ladyland

1st Edition

Azra Rashid
November 19, 2018

The 1971 genocide in Bangladesh took place as a result of the region’s long history of colonization, the 1947 partition of the Indian subcontinent into largely Muslim Pakistan and Hindu India, and the continuation of ethnic and religious politics in Pakistan, specifically the political suppression...

Women and Literary Narratives in Colonial India: Her Myriad Gaze on the ‘Other’

Women and Literary Narratives in Colonial India: Her Myriad Gaze on the ‘Other’

1st Edition

Sukla Chatterjee
September 13, 2018

In the colonial context of South Asia, there is a glaring asymmetry in the written records of the interaction between the Bengali women and their European counterparts, which is indicative of the larger and the overall asymmetry of discursive power, including the flow and access to information...

The Formation of the Colonial State in India: Scribes, Paper and Taxes, 1760-1860

The Formation of the Colonial State in India: Scribes, Paper and Taxes, 1760-1860

1st Edition

Hayden J. Bellenoit
August 14, 2018

In the period between the 1770s and 1840s, through the process of colonial state formation, the early colonial state in India was able to harness and extract vast amounts of agrarian wealth in north India. However, little is known of the histories of the Indian scribes and the role they played in...

Hindu Nationalism, History and Identity in India: Narrating a Hindu past under the BJP

Hindu Nationalism, History and Identity in India: Narrating a Hindu past under the BJP

1st Edition

Lars Tore Flåten
August 14, 2018

When the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) assumed power in India in 1998 as the largest party of the National Democratic Alliance, it soon became evident that it prioritized educational reforms. Under BJP rule, a reorganization of the National Council of Educational Research and...

Foreign Policy of Colonial India: 1900–1947

Foreign Policy of Colonial India: 1900–1947

1st Edition

Sneh Mahajan
April 05, 2018

The foreign policy of a colonial country is very different from that of a sovereign country. Two features of the foreign policy of colonial India were: one, that it was framed in the interest of Britain; and two, that till the very end, the British showed an unflinching determination to maintain...

India and World War I: A Centennial Assessment

India and World War I: A Centennial Assessment

1st Edition

Roger D. Long, Ian Talbot
February 13, 2018

World War I directly and indirectly caused events and social and political trends which defined the history of the world for the rest of the century, including the Russian Revolution and the rise of communism to the Great Crash of 1929 which lead to the Great Depression and the rise of Hitler and...

Citizenship, Community and Democracy in India: From Bombay to Maharashtra, c. 1930 - 1960

Citizenship, Community and Democracy in India: From Bombay to Maharashtra, c. 1930 - 1960

1st Edition

Oliver Godsmark
February 05, 2018

On 1 May 1960, Bombay Province was bifurcated into the two new provinces of Gujarat and Maharashtra, amidst scenes of great public fanfare and acclaim. This decision marked the culmination of a lengthy campaign for the creation of Samyukta (‘united’) Maharashtra in western India, which had first...

Imperialism and Sikh Migration: The Komagata Maru Incident

Imperialism and Sikh Migration: The Komagata Maru Incident

1st Edition

Anjali Gera Roy
October 16, 2017

In the Punjab, Pakistan, a culture of migration and mobility already emerged in the nineteenth century. Imperial policies produced a category of hypermobile Sikhs, who left their villages in Punjab to seek their fortunes in South East Asia, Australia, America and Canada. The practices of the...

Politics and Left Unity in India: The United Front in Late Colonial India

Politics and Left Unity in India: The United Front in Late Colonial India

1st Edition

William F. Kuracina
September 25, 2017

The historical assessments of Left unity in 1930s India misrepresent activities designed to achieve unity. The common treatment of the relationship between Indian socialists and communists emphasizes disunity and the inability to find common ground. Scholarly discussions about unity in fact...

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