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Independence and Partition - The erosion of Colonial Power in India
Independence and Partition - The erosion of Colonial Power in India

Independence and Partition - The erosion of Colonial Power in India

by Sucheta Mahajan

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English

Publisher

Sage Publications

ISBN

8170368367 - Year: 2000 - Pages: 425

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Paperback

Sucheta Mahajan
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Author: Sucheta Mahajan
Publisher: Sage Publications
Year: 2000
Language: English
Pages: 425
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8170368367

Description

The focus of the book is on the role of nationalist forces in the developing crisis of the colonial state in its last years. It critiques the agenda of Western-dominated scholarship on India and ploughs an impendent path in the writing of the history of the Indian people's struggle against imperialism.

The Sage Series in Modern Indian History brings together historical studies that share a broad common historiographic focus. This, the first volume in the series, is a comprehensive and in-depth analysis of a defining period in India’s recent part-the attainment of independence and the simultaneous division of the subcontinent. Exploring the interplay of imperial, national and communal forces during the freedom movement, Sucheta Mahajan highlights the contradictory reality of an independence that also brought partition in its wake. She provides an insightful view of an era which marked the end of colonial rule in India while being a crucial phase during which the foundations of independent India’s polity were laid.

Sucheta Mahajan establishes that Indian independence was neither a voluntary withdrawal nor a magnanimous gift from the British, but the inevitable result of the erosion of colonial power in the face of the nationalist challenge.

A special feature of the book-which is based on extensive research, interviews and hitherto unutilized documents-is that it treats independence and partition as inter-related themes. It also weaves together into an integral history the diverse strands of imperial policy, the national movement and communal politics.

With its bold new reassessment combined with its contemporary relevance, this book will be of considerable interest to students and scholars of modern Indian history, the freedom movement and partition, as well as to all those in the fields of sociology and political science.

Contents

Series Editors’ Preface

Acknowledgments

Introduction

PART I: BACKGROUND

Nationalist Activity and Government response at the End of the War
Planning of the Political Offer, the Simla Conference and its Breakdown

PART II: IMPERIALISM AND NATIONALISM

Congress Strategy and Popular Nationalist Activity
Popular Movements: Myth and Reality
Imperial Hegemony and Colonial Policy

PART III: IMPERIALISM, NATIONALISM AND COMMUNALISM

Unite and Quit
Decide on a Date and Quit
Divide and Quit

PART IV: NATIONALISM AND COMMUNALISM

Congress and the Muslim League’s Demand for Pakistan
Two Faces of Hindu Communalism: Majority Reaction, Minority Fears
Hindu Communal Pressure on the Congress

PART V: DENOUEMENT

Congress Accepts Partition
Why Gandhi Accepted the Decision to Partition India

Conclusion

Appendix

Select Bibliography

Index

About the Author

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