Author : Priya Kumar
9788178242347 | HB | pp.320 | 2008 | Permanent Black
This book probes facets of secularism and tolerance in Indian culture as the author explores partition as the founding trauma of the Indian nation-state and traces the consequences of its marking of “Indian” from “Pakistani” and the positioning of Indian Muslims as strangers within the nation.
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Within the backdrop of religious violence and regional tensions in South Asia, Priya Kumar probes facets of secularism and tolerance in Indian culture she explores partition as the founding trauma of the Indian nation-state and traces the consequences of its marking of “Indian” from “Pakistani” and the positioning of Indian Muslims as strangers within the nation Kumar unpacks the implications of the Nehruvian doctrine of tolerance, with all its resonances of condescension and inequality and asks whether more ethical cohabitation can replace the “arrogant compulsive tolerance” of the state and the majority informed by recent work on hospitality and living together, she argues the emergence of an “ethics of coexistence” Indian fiction and film considering narratives ranging from the cosmopolitan English novels of Salman Rushdie and Amitav Ghosh to literature in South Asian languages as well as recent Hindi cinema, Kumar demonstrates that these fictions are important resources for re imagining tolerance and coexistence distinctive and timely in its investigation of secularism and communalism, limiting secularism envisions the radical possibilities of going beyond tolerance to living well together
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