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The Trishanku Nation: Memory, Self, and Society in Contemporary India

Deepak Kumar


Taking a cue from the story of Trishanku—the mythological king who aspired to reach heaven while still alive—Deepak Kumar builds a compelling narrative on the state of contemporary India. Much like Trishanku, who only succeeded in being stuck in limbo between heaven and earth, India appears to be oscillating at the crossroads of modernity and tradition; development and corruption; and diversity and communalism. The Trishanku Nation presents a provocative account of a country marked by its contradictions and seamlessly combines everyday social history with academic insights. All through its civ ... More

Keywords: Trishanku, contemporary India, mofussil, caste, religion, communalism, governance, corruption, education, science, culture, modernity, tradition, development, corruption, diversity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780199461530
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199461530.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Deepak Kumar, author
Professor, Z. H. Centre for Educational Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi