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Democracy and unity in India : understanding the All India phenomenon, 1940-1960

Author: Emily Rook-Koepsel
Publisher: Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, NY : Routledge, 2019. ©2019
Series: Routledge studies in South Asian history, 19.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"This book analyses the ways in which organizations and individuals in India grappled with and contested definitions of democracy and unity in the decades directly preceding and following independent Indian statehood. The All India Scheduled Castes Federation and the All India Women's Conference are used as case studies to explore Indian Dalit and women activists' attempts to reconceptualize universal citizenship,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: ebook version :
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Emily Rook-Koepsel
ISBN: 9780367030889 0367030888
OCLC Number: 1085575782
Description: xi, 140 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: Introduction: Becoming All India --
Naming caste politics : All India Scheduled Castes Federation's politics of Indian unity --
Democracy, voice, and principle : the political life of the All India Scheduled Castes Federation --
All India Women : citizenship politics of the All India Women's Conference --
Conclusion: A national history of "anti-national" dissent.
Series Title: Routledge studies in South Asian history, 19.
Responsibility: Emily Rook-Koepsel.

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"This book analyses the ways in which organizations and individuals in India grappled with and contested definitions of democracy and unity in the decades directly preceding and following independent Indian statehood. The All India Scheduled Castes Federation and the All India Women's Conference are used as case studies to explore Indian Dalit and women activists' attempts to reconceptualize universal citizenship, Indian identity, dissent, and principled democracy during a moment of uncertainty in India's political life. The author argues that, because the Indian nation and the Indian state remained in flux during the 1940s and 50s, marginal political actors, writers, social activists and others were able to propose novel forms of democratic participation and new ideas about what it would mean to be a unified state that appreciates political responsibility, a respect for difference and a broader perspective of the population. Moreover, this book suggests that this redefinition of Indian politics is more widespread than generally understood and considers how strategies used by both organizations featured have continued to be part of the national story about democracy and dissent in India. Through an examination of public discourse, caste politics, women's rights advocacy and popular literature, this book excavates the traces of fundamental uncertainty regarding definitions and expectations of democracy and unity in India. It will be of interest to academics in the fields of modern South Asian history, democracy and nationalism, postcolonialism, gender studies, political organisation and global history"--

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