Decolonization in South Asia: Meanings of Freedom in Post-independence West Bengal (1947-52)

By: Sekhar Bandyopadhyay

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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.

Title: Decolonization in South Asia: Meanings of Freedom in Post-independence West Bengal (1947-52)

Author Name: Sekhar Bandyopadhyay

Categories: India, History,

Publisher: New Delhi, India, Orient BlackSwan: 2012

ISBN: 8125047069

ISBN 13: 9788125047063

Binding: Soft Cover

Book Condition: New

Seller ID: 101940

Keywords: Decolonization in South Asia: Meanings of Freedom in Post-independence West Bengal (1947-52) Sekhar Bandyopadhyay