Nationalism and Communal Politics in India 1885-1930

Author:

Mushirul Hasan

Publisher:

MANOHAR PUBLISHERS AND DISTRIBUTORS

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Publisher

MANOHAR PUBLISHERS AND DISTRIBUTORS

Publication Year 2021
ISBN-13

9789388540933

ISBN-10 938854093X
Binding

Hardcover

Edition FIRST
Number of Pages 348 Pages
Language (English)
Dimensions (Cms) 22x14x2.5
Weight (grms) 670

This study offers a reappraisal of some important themes relating to Indian nationalism and the growth of community-oriented formations, which are described in historical literature as `communal` or `separatist`. Its central concern, however, is to analyse how various segments among Muslims related to and defined their relationship with nationalist forces, spear­headed by the Indian National Congress. This exercise is backed by an examination of several vital issues which reflect on the Congress move­ment, the structure of its support amongst Muslims and the crucial deter­minants that dictated its strategy towards the communal question.


Also discussed is the part played by the colonial government in defining political identities in religious terms and translating them into constitutional arrangements. Some other issues, such as the role of ulama in promoting an `Islamic ideology`, the content and structure of political separatism and the crystallization of communal identities, also figure in the discussion.


The aim is to unfold the breakdown of inter-communal networks which had, for so long, kept intact the social fabric of Indian society, and to offer possible explanations to a larger historical question: Why did secular nationalism fail to create a united nation, drawing equally upon the parti­cipation of the major communities?

Mushirul Hasan

Late Professor Mushirul Hasan was an internationally renowned historian, prolific author and former Vice-Chancellor of Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi. He is presently the Director-General of the National Archives of India. Professor Hasan has published books on India’s Partition, on communalism, and on the histories of Islam in South Asia. He has authored Partners in Freedom: Jamia Millia Islamia (2006); The Avadh Punch: Wit and Humour in Colonial North India (2007) and Wit and Wisdom: Pickings from the Parsee Punch (2012); and edited Mutiny Memoirs (2009); Sarojini Naidu: Her Way with Words (2012). He was also editor of the ongoing multi-volume history of the Indian National Congress, brought out by Niyogi Books starting in 2012.
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