The Construction of Communalism in Colonial North India
Oxford University Press, 2006 - 320 pages
"This book charts the history of the term communalism and the politics and attitudes it seeks to encapsulate. While attending closely to the social, economic and political issues underlying Hindu and Muslim struggles, the author investigates the meanings different participants in the sectarian politics of the period attached to these politics. The second edition reopens many of the questions signalled in the first edition, carries the discussion forward through an analysis of the uses of the term communalism in a postcolonial world, and seeks to historicize the debate on political violence and the targeting of the minorities in recent times."--pub. desc.
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