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History and Politics in Post-Colonial India

Michael Gottlob


This book provides an insight to the teaching and writing of history in postcolonial India. It traces the different events that shaped postcolonial Indian historiography like the textbook controversies from 1970s to the present day; the historical perspectives surrounding the Babri Masjid; flaring up of religious sentiments over ‘beef-eating’; and the debate over the existence of Ram Sethu. The book also explores how Indian historians attempted to decolonize history and ‘reclaim’ Indian history from its colonial past. It outlines how history is used as means to forge national identity and shap ... More

Keywords: Indian history, Indian historiography, postcolonial India, historical research, national identity, methodological research, Babri Masjid, Ram Sethu, textbook controversy, citizenship

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780198072485
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198072485.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael Gottlob, author