The Indian Ideology: Three Responses to Perry Anderson

By: Partha Chatterjee, Sudipta Kaviraj, Nivedita Menon & Sanjay Ruparelia

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When the Marxist historian Perry Anderson published The Indian Ideology—his scathing assessment of India’s democracy, secularism, nationalism, and statehood—it created a furore. Anderson attacked subcontinental unity as a myth, castigated Mahatma Gandhi for infusing Hindu religiosity into nationalism, blamed Congress for Partition, and saw India’s liberal intelligentsia as by and large a feckless lot. Within the large array of responses to Anderson that appeared, three stand out for the care and comprehensiveness with which they show the levels of ignorance, arrogance, and misconstruction on which the Andersonian variety of political analysis is based. Collectively, these three ripostes represent a systematic critique of the intellectual foundations of The Indian Ideology. Confronting Anderson’s claim to originality, Nivedita Menon exposes his failure to engage with feminist, Marxist, and Dalit scholarship, arguing that a British colonial ideology is at work in such analyses. Partha Chatterjee studies key historical episodes to counter the “Great Men” view of history, suggesting that misplaced concepts from Western intellectual history can obfuscate political understanding. Tracing their origins to the nineteenth-century worldview of Hegel and James Mill, Sudipta Kaviraj contends that reductive Orientalist tropes such as those deployed by Anderson frequently mar European analyses of non-European contexts. Vigorous polemic merges with political analysis here, and critique with debate, to create a work that is intellectually sophisticated and unusually entertaining. PRINTED PAGES: 176.

Title: The Indian Ideology: Three Responses to Perry Anderson

Author Name: Partha Chatterjee, Sudipta Kaviraj, Nivedita Menon & Sanjay Ruparelia

Categories: India, History,

Publisher: New Delhi, Permanent Black/Orient BlackSwan Pvt. Ltd: 2017

ISBN: 8178244837

ISBN 13: 9788178244839

Binding: Softcover

Book Condition: New

Seller ID: 900701

Keywords: The Indian Ideology: Three Responses to Perry Anderson Partha Chatterjee, Sudipta Kaviraj, Nivedita Menon & Sanjay Ruparelia