Srirupa Roy's Beyond Belief: India and the Politics of Postcolonial PDF

By Srirupa Roy

ISBN-10: 0822339846

ISBN-13: 9780822339847

ISBN-10: 0822340011

ISBN-13: 9780822340010

Beyond Belief is a daring rethinking of the formation and consolidation of geographical region ideologies. studying India in the course of the first twenty years following its beginning as a sovereign geographical region in 1947, Srirupa Roy explores how nationalists are become nationals, topics into voters, and the colonial nation right into a sovereign geographical region. Roy argues that the postcolonial countryside is consolidated no longer, as many have asserted, by means of efforts to visualize a shared cultural group, yet really by way of the construction of a recognizable and authoritative identification for the kingdom. This project—of making the country the entity pointed out because the nation’s authoritative representative—emphasizes the traditional cultural range of the country and upholds the kingdom because the sole unifier or supervisor of the “naturally” fragmented country; the country is unified through diversity.

Roy considers a number of alternative ways that identity with the Indian geographical region used to be produced and consolidated in the course of the Fifties and Nineteen Sixties. She appears at how the movies department of India, a state-owned documentary and newsreel creation business enterprise, allowed nationwide audiences to “see the state”; how the “unity in variety” formation of nationhood was once strengthened in commemorations of India’s annual Republic Day; and the way the govt produced a coverage discourse claiming that medical improvement used to be the last word nationwide desire and the main urgent precedence for the nation to deal with. She additionally analyzes the destiny of the metal towns—industrial townships outfitted to deal with the staff of nationalized metal plants—which have been upheld because the exemplary nationwide areas of the hot India. by way of prioritizing the function of tangible manifestations of and encounters with the kingdom, Roy strikes past theories of nationalism and nation formation in keeping with collective belief.

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