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The Insurrection of Little Selves: The Crisis of Secular Nationalism in India

Aditya Nigam


Secular-nationalism, the ruling ideology of the postcolonial Indian state and elite, represents a specific, historically constituted, ideological configuration and is related to other similar ideological formations elsewhere in the postcolonial world, including secularism and nationalism. This book explores the several strands of contemporary politics impinging on secular nationalism in India. Following a whole tradition of the critique of modern subjectivity, it argues that it is in the institution of ‘man’ as the measure of all things, as the knowing Subject, that some of the most fundamenta ... More

Keywords: secular-nationalism, India, secularism, nationalism, politics, Dalits, modernity, Marxism, infranationalisms, democracy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780195676068
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195676068.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Aditya Nigam, author
Centre for the Study of Developing Societies