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Limiting secularism : the ethics of coexistence in Indian literature and film

Author: Priya Kumar
Publisher: Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, ©2008.
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With a backdrop of religious violence and escalating regional tensions in South Asia, Priya Kumars Limiting Secularism probes the urgent topic of secularism and tolerance in Indian culture and life. Kumar explores Partition as the founding trauma of the Indian nation-state and traces the consequences of its marking off of Indian" from "Pakistani" and the positioning of Indian Muslims as strangers within the nation.  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Criticism, interpretation, etc
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Kumar, Priya.
Limiting secularism.
Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, ©2008
(DLC) 2007032357
(OCoLC)165477965
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Priya Kumar
ISBN: 9780816656653 0816656657
OCLC Number: 216934447
Description: 1 online resource (xxvii, 299 pages) : illustrations
Contents: Acknowledgments; Introduction: At Home with the Stranger; 1 Rethinking Secularism; 2 For God's Sake, Open the Universe a Little More: Cosmopolitan Fictions; 3 Acts of Return: Literature and Post-Partition Memory; 4 Fictions of Violence: Witnessing and Survival in Partition Literature; 5 It's My Home, Too: Minoritarian Claims on the Nation; Postscript; Notes; Index.
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With a backdrop of religious violence and escalating regional tensions in South Asia, Priya Kumars Limiting Secularism probes the urgent topic of secularism and tolerance in Indian culture and life. Kumar explores Partition as the founding trauma of the Indian nation-state and traces the consequences of its marking off of Indian" from "Pakistani" and the positioning of Indian Muslims as strangers within the nation. Kumar unpacks the implications of the Nehruvian doctrine of tolerance-with all of its resonances of condescension and inequality-and asks whether more ethical cohabita.

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Limiting Secularism is a book for our times. While scrupulously specific to the context of post-Independence India, its provocations resonate well beyond the boundaries of the unique nation-space. Read more...

 
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