ISBN 9788174365309,Fault Lines Of Nationhood

Fault Lines Of Nationhood


Roli Books



Roli Books

Publication Year 2008

ISBN 9788174365309

ISBN-10 8174365303

Hard Back

Number of Pages 133 Pages
Language (English)

Reference Work

Though India and Pakistan emerged as independent nation states sixty years ago, debates about the basis of Indian and Pakistani nationhood continue to reverberate through the politics of the two countries. Pakistan has been wracked by disputes over identity from its very inception. It split into two countries in 1971 when the eastern wing broke away to form Bangladesh. It has since been wrestling with issues of Punjabi dominance and Islamisation, which have put minorities of all sorts on the defensive. Independent India under Nehru?s leadership proclaimed secular and egalitarian goals but theory and practice were often divergent. In recent years, the success of Hindu nationalist forces at the polls has raised new and uncomfortable questions for Indian minorities too. In Fault Lines of Nationhood, Gyanendra Pandey and Yunas Samad reflect on the construction of national identity in India and Pakistan from colonial times to the present day and examine how the working of democracy has created new majorities and minorities and helped to politicise issues of religion and ethnicity, region and language, class and caste. This book is essential reading for anyone interested in the dynamics of state building in India and Pakistan and the conflicting demands of national unity and social and political inclusiveness. About the Author Gyanendra Pandey is arts and sciences distinguished professor of history at Emory University at Atlanta, USA. He was previously professor of anthropology and history at John Hopkins University in Baltimore (1998?2005) and professor of modern history at Delhi University (1986?1998). He was born and brought up in India and took his first degree at St Stephen?s College, Delhi. In 1970, he won a Rhodes Scholarship to Oxford University, where he wrote his doctoral thesis on the politics of the Indian National Congress in Uttar Pradesh in the 1920s and ?30s. Pandey is one of the founders of the Subaltern Studies Collective, which seeks to rewrite history ?from the margins? and has had a powerful academic influence well beyond India. His own work has focussed on issues of nationalism, communalism, ethnicity and identity, both historically and in contemporary India. His publications include: The Ascendancy of the Congress in Uttar Pradesh, 1926-1934; The Construction of Communalism in Colonial North India; Remembering Partition: Violence, Nationalism and History in India; and Routine Violence: Nations, Fragments, Histories. He is currently working towards a history of the Dalit and African American middle classes. Yunas Samad is senior lecturer in sociology and director, Ethnicity Social Policy Research Centre, at Bradford University in the UK. He is also deputy director of the Centre for South Asian Studies at Geneva University in Switzerland. Born in Lahore, he was brought up and educated in London. He won a British Academy scholarship to Oxford University where he wrote his doctoral thesis on Pakistani nationalism. He was subsequently a postdoctoral research fellow with the Rhodes Chair of Race Relations at Oxford and a research fellow at Warwick University. His publications include: A Nation in Turmoil: Nationalism and Ethnicity in Pakistan 1937-58; with T. Ranger, and O. Stuart (eds.), Culture Identity and Politics: Ethnic Minorities in Britain; with John Eade, Community Perceptions of Forced Marriage; with Kasturi Sen, Islam in the European Union: Muslim Youth and the War on Terror. His research interests cover South Asia and the diaspora, ranging from nationalism, ethnicity, multiculturalism, Islam, gender, identity politics, youth and transnationalism. He is currently writing a book on Pakistan and the war on terror.