Decolonisation and the Politics of Transition in South Asia: Critical History in South Asian History Ed by Sekhar Bandyopadhyay
Contributor(s): Bandyopadhyay, Sekhar [Editor].Material type: BookPublisher: New Delhi Orient Blackswan Private Limited 2016Description: 440p.ISBN: 9788125062523.Subject(s): Humanities and Social ScienceDDC classification: 954.04
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This volume interrogates the concept of decolonisation, which is often taken to mean a transfer of power from a colonial to an indigenous elite. However, decolonisation involved a much more complex historical experience for the people of the postcolonial nations. It did not necessarily mean a clinical break with the past, but was rather an incomplete, complicated process, as different groups began to seek different meanings of freedom and imagined multiple pathways for their future development. Old nationalisms were questioned and new identities were born, as fresh boundaries were drawn, both geographically and socially.