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Colonial Casts

Castes of Mind: Colonialism and the Making of Modern India by Nicholas Dirks; Princeton University Press, Princeton, New Jersey, 2001; xvi + 372, Paperback $19.95 SAURABH DUBE Castes of Mind is an elegant essay in the interpretation of an idea, the idea of caste. Nicholas Dirks tracks the pathways of caste from its fluid and plural, political and contingent configurations in pre-colonial India, to its discrete renderings by administrators, missionaries, and scholars under early colonial rule. He traces the thoroughfares of caste from its transformation into a singular, hierarchical yet homogeneous, category-entity by the imperial

Colonial Registers of a Vernacular Christianity

This paper with its focus on writings by Indian catechists, discusses issues of colonial conversion and questions of vernacular translation that lie embedded within processes of evangelical entanglements between western missionaries and 'natives'. In their 'diaries' and 'daybooks' that recount the dissemination of the Book in 'heathen' spaces, the catechists' accounts appear out of tenor with missionary stipulation. These accounts point toward critical considerations not only of evangelical entanglements, but also of enduring enchantments of tradition and community, colony and modernity. Moreover, they proclaim a particular Christianity - historically contingent, distinctly Indian.

Poor Protagonists

expansion of representative politics and Poor Protagonists the requirement of mass mobilisation, in- The Politics of the Urban Poor in Early Twentieth-Century India by Nandini Gooptu; Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 2001; pp xxiii + 464, Rs 2,370.

Historical Identity and Cultural Difference

Questions of identity and difference have often been articulated within two broad strands of scholarship. One that stresses transnational processes and overlapping histories and the other that looks to the fragmentary and everyday processes in the past and the present, emphasising critical difference over historical identity. This paper explores two critical events of current history; two seemingly disparate cases that show persistent affinities - the opening ceremony of the Sydney Games in 2000 and the destruction of the Bamiyan Buddhas early this year - as a starting point in thinking through discrete academic orientations toward identity and difference.

Peasant Insurgency and Peasant Consciousness

Peasant Insurgency and Peasant Consciousness Saurabh Dube THE years since the Second World War have seen a remarkable rise in the status and prominence of social history. Over the past few years, however, the methods, assumptions and the general direction of the work in 'new social history' have been questioned from within the ranks of social historians.1 This article joins the debate. I examine the tension between certain structuralist methods
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