Title Decolonization in South Asia: Meanings of Freedom in Post-independence West Bengal (1947-52)
Binding Soft Cover
Book Condition New
Publisher New Delhi, India Orient BlackSwan 2012
8125047069 / 9788125047063
Seller ID 101940
The author, a specialist on the history of modern India, discusses what freedom actually meant to various individuals, communities and political parties, how they responded to it, how they extended its meaning and how in their anxiety to confront the realities of free India, they began to invent new enemies of their newly acquired freedom. By emphasizing the representations of popular mentality rather than the institutional changes brought in by the process of decolonization, he draws attention to other concerns and anxieties that were related to the problems of coming to terms with the newly achieved freedom and the responsibility of devising independent rules of governance that would suit the historic needs of a pluralist nation. Decolonization in South Asia analyses the transitional politics of West Bengal in light of recent developments in post-colonial theory on nationalism, treating the ‘nation’ as a space for contestation, rather than a natural breeding ground for homogeneity in the complex political scenario of post-independence India.Printed Pages: 272.
Decolonization in South Asia: Meanings of Freedom in Post-independence West Bengal (1947-52) Sekhar Bandyopadhyay