ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Nation, Reason and Religion- Punjab s Role in the Partition of India

Punjab's Role in the Partition of India Ayesha Jalal The pre-eminent view of Indian nationalism has been that of an inclusionary, accommodative, consensual and popular anti-colonial struggle. This has entailed denigrating the exclusive affinities of religion as 'communal' in an imagined hierarchy of collectivities crowned by the ideal of a 'nation' unsullied by narrowminded bigotry. By implying that religious affiliations are, if not necessarily bigoted, then certainly less worthy than identifications with the 'nation ', Indian nationalism comes dangerously close to trampling over its own coat-tails. The cultural roots of Indian nationalism owed far more to religious ideals, reinterpreted and reconfigured in imaginative fashion, than has been acknowledged.

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