Ur-national and secular mythologies: Popular culture, nationalist historiography and strategic essentialism

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Abstract

This essay examines the dynamic between nationalist historiography and popular cultural forms in postcolonial and post-global India. Concerned primarily with liberal nationalist historiography, particularly the kind that has been labelled the 'Tagore-Nehru synthesis', this essay traces the evolution of the said historiography during the colonial-nationalist period, examines the interaction of this historiography with contesting discourses in postcolonial and post-global India and, in doing so, attempts to address the questions regarding the modes of coexistence of religion and nationalism in a secular nation-state.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)572-588
Number of pages17
JournalSouth Asian History and Culture
Volume2
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1 2011

Keywords

  • Akbar
  • Gandhi
  • Nehru
  • Tagore
  • interpretation of India's history
  • nationalism
  • nationalist historiography
  • secularism

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • Arts and Humanities(all)
  • Sociology and Political Science

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