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A Life in Shadow: The Secret Story of ACN Nambiar—A Forgotten Anti-Colonial Warrior by Vappala Balachandran; New Delhi: the Lotus Collection (An Imprint of Roli Books), 2016; pp 344, ₹695.

Nation, Reason and Religion-India s Independence in International Perspective

Nation, Reason and Religion India's Independence in International Perspective Sugata Bose Throughout the entire course of the history of Indian anti-colonialism, religion as faith within the limits of morality, if not the limits of reason, had rarely impeded the cause of national unity and may in fact have assisted its realisation at key moments of struggle. The variegated symbols of religion as culture had enthused nationalists of many hues and colours but had seldom embittered relations between religious communities until they were flaunted to boast the power of majoritarian triumphalism. The conceits of unitary nationalism may well have caused a deeper sense of alienation among those defined as minorities than the attachment to diverse religions. The territorial claims of a minority-turned-nation heaped further confusion on the furious contest over sovereignty in the dying days of the raj. Having failed to share sovereignty in the manner of their pre-colonial forbears, late-colonial nationalist worshippers of the centralised state ended up dividing the land. Surely godless nationalism linked to the colonial categories of religious majorities and minorities has much to answer for.

Nation, Reason and Religion-India s Independence in International Perspective

Nation, Reason and Religion India's Independence in International Perspective Sugata Bose Throughout the entire course of the history of Indian anti-colonialism, religion as faith within the limits of morality, if not the limits of reason, had rarely impeded the cause of national unity and may in fact have assisted its realisation at key moments of struggle. The variegated symbols of religion as culture had enthused nationalists of many hues and colours but had seldom embittered relations between religious communities until they were flaunted to boast the power of majoritarian triumphalism. The conceits of unitary nationalism may well have caused a deeper sense of alienation among those defined as minorities than the attachment to diverse religions. The territorial claims of a minority-turned-nation heaped further confusion on the furious contest over sovereignty in the dying days of the raj. Having failed to share sovereignty in the manner of their pre-colonial forbears, late-colonial nationalist worshippers of the centralised state ended up dividing the land. Surely godless nationalism linked to the colonial categories of religious majorities and minorities has much to answer for.

Sonar Bangla- Agricultural Growth and Agrarian Change in West Bengal and Bangladesh

Drawing on papers presented in a workshop held in Calcutta in January 1995, this article reports on debates over the nature of the relationships between agrarian structure, agricultural growth and the state in West Bengal and Bangladesh. It scrutinises reports of rapid agricultural growth in West Bengal (and less spectacular but still significant agricultural growth in Bangladesh) since the early 1980s and expands the concept of structure to include structures of commerce, of bureaucracies, of exchange arrangements in land water and labour, as well as changing ideologies of gender, caste and ethnicity, The local impact of the West Bengal Left Front government's agrarian reforms (including Panchayati Raj) are also analysed and trends in poverty in the two Bengals since 1980 are examined.
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