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The Insurrection of Little SelvesThe Crisis of Secular Nationalism in India$
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Aditya Nigam

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780195676068

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195676068.001.0001

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(p.305) Conclusion
The Insurrection of Little Selves

Aditya Nigam

Oxford University Press

This book has been mainly concerned with understanding the relationship of secularism and the Indian ‘nation’. The specific context of this exploration has been the insurrection of little selves since the 1980s. It has argued that this insurrection of little selves in the Indian context has been linked to the specific manner in which the project of Indian nationhood came to be shaped and how it dealt with identity questions generally. The focus of inquiry has been the specific ideological configuration called secular-nationalism, which in the post-independence period constituted the dominant discourse framing basic assumptions of Indian politics and nationhood. The book has also addressed the more problematic aspects of modern subjectivity, the project of nationalism and its extremely problematic relationship to minority cultures, the phenomenon of anticolonial nationalisms, the recent debates in India on secularism, the Dalits and their relationship secularism and modernity, and left-radical secularism.

Keywords:   secularism, nationalism, secular-nationalism, little selves, India, nationhood, minority cultures, Dalits, modernity, left-radical secularism

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