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TALKING BACK: The Idea of Civilization in the Indian Nationalist Discourse

Sabyasachi Bhattacharya


Colonial histories of India were largely monologues. From the turn of the nineteenth century, Indians began to ‘talk back’, questioning colonial assumptions and narratives of India’s past. This book examines the point of this endeavour, what Indians said when they began to talk back, and the discourse of civilization. This rhetoric took many forms: from the defence of Indian civilization, the tendency towards vainglorious depiction of ‘Hindu civilization’, and the assertion of civilizational unity in the distant past to creating a surrogate for nationhood. This book examines this discourse in ... More

Keywords: R.G. Bhandarkar, Bankimchandra Chatterjee, Indian civilization, Mahatma Gandhi, Rabindranath Tagore, Jawaharlal Nehru, Indian history, Hindu civilization

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780198075042
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198075042.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sabyasachi Bhattacharya, author