Fault Lines Of Nationhood

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Fault Lines Of Nationhood
Though India and Pakistan emerged as independent nation-states sixty years ago, debates about the basis of Indian and Pakistani nationhood continue to reverberate through the politics of the two countries. Pakistan has been wracked by disputes over identity from its very inception. It split into two countries in 1971 when the eastern wing broke away to form Bangladesh. It has since been wrestling with issues of Punjabi dominance and Islamisation, which have put minorities of all sorts on the defensive. Independent India, under Nehru's leadership, proclaimed secular and egalitarian goals, but theory and practice were often divergent. In recent years, the success of Hindu nationalist forces at the polls has raised new and uncomfortable questions for Indian minorities too. In Fault Lines of Nationhood, Gyanendra Pandey and Yunas Samad reflect on the construction of national identity in India and Pakistan from colonial times to the present day, and examine how the working of democracy has created new majorities and minorities and helped to politicise issues of religion and ethnicity, region and language, class and caste. This book is essential reading for anyone interested in the dynamics of state building in India and Pakistan, and the conflicting demands of national unity and social and political inclusiveness.
About the Author
Gyanendra Pandey is Arts and Sciences Distinguished Professor of History at Emory University in Atlanta, US. He was previously professor of anthropology and history at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore (1998-2005) and Professor of Modern History at Delhi University (1986-1998). He was born and brought up in India and took his first degree at St. Stephen's College, Delhi. In 1970, he won a Rhodes Scholarship to Oxford University, where he wrote his doctoral thesis on the politics of the Indian National Congress in Uttar Pradesh in the 1920s and 1930s. Pandey is one of the founders of the Subaltern Studies collective, which seeks to rewrite history 'from the margins'. His publications include The Ascendancy of the Congress in Uttar Pradesh, 1926-1934; The Construction of Communalism in Colonial North India; Remembering Partition; Violence, Nationalism and History in India; and Routine Violence; Nations, Fragments, Histories. He is currently working towards a history of the dalit and African-American middle classes.
TitleFault Lines Of Nationhood
Author NameGyanendra Pandey & Yunas Samad
PublisherRoli Books Pvt. Ltd.
Publication Year2007
Total No. of Pages138
Weight0.35 KGS
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