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Liberalism and the Study of Indian History-A Review of Writings on Communalism

Liberalism and the Study of Indian History A Review of Writings on 'Communalism' Gyanendra Pandey ONE of the more remarkable facts about the historiography of the factor called 'communalism' in Indian history is the large area of common ground shared by interpreters of it from Cambridge to Calcutta. or perhaps one should say Chicago to Canberra. I am fully sensible, in writing this, of the significant differences of approach, say, between liberal scholars in the West and leftist historians in India, and of the major advances made in the study of nationalism and comrmmalism since the 1960s, The validity of my statement should, however, become clear in the course of this paper. Suffice it here to say that one feature of this area of agreement among historians of South Asia is the practical absence from its concerns of such nebulous and uncertain quantities as consciousness, religion and popular culture.

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