Construction of Communalism In Colonial India by Gyanendra Pandey

By Gyanendra Pandey

In colonialist writing, "communalism" is an idea that stands for the puerile and the primitive--for all that colonialism itself, in its personal reckoning, was once no longer. it truly is consequently paradoxical that using this idea has been propagated, greater than a person else, by means of nationalists and rivals of colonialism. during this significantly new research of the matter of communalism in India, the writer accordingly has as a lot to claim approximately nationalism as approximately colonialism. He argues that either those recommendations are items of the Age of Colonialism, of cause, and of Capital. His research of communalism is a part of a bigger workout geared toward figuring out the development of Indian society and politics as a complete in recent years.

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This is the case for several reasons: the word ‘secular’ has many different connotations and no one secular state is the same as any other; the term exclusion can be interpreted in different ways because it is subjective and experiential as well as having material, socio-economic dimensions within it; the formulation of faith as a religious identity is unclear; and like secular identities and exclusion, religious identities are complex phenomena that need to be defined according to context; and finally, citizenship means different things to different people and is a hotly contested concept.

By calling faith-based organisations cultural associations, Western secular states include faith-based communities in public space and permit their participation in democracy. Secular Western States, Faith and Colonisation in Nation-building The secular state’s role in external relations involving empire-building contradicted the peaceful narratives integral to liberal democracy. For example, the European colonisation processes subjugated alternative narratives using violence that ranged from the annexation of land to the destruction of indigenous cultures and languages, all in the name of secularism (Chapter 3, this volume).

Phillips, A. (1991). Citizenship and Feminist Politics. In Andrews, G. ) Citizenship, pp. 224–241. London: Lawrence and Wishart. Sevenhuijsen, S. (1998). Citizenship and the Ethics of Care: Feminist Considerations on Justice, Morality and Politics. London: Routledge. Shafir, G. and Brysk, A. (2006). The Globalisation of Rights: From Citizenship to Human Rights, Citizenship Studies, 10(3): 275–287. Stasiulis, D. and Bakan, A. (1997). Negotiating Citizenship: The Case of Foreign Domestic Workers in Canada, Feminist Review, 57(3): 112–139.

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