ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846
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Politics of Punjab’s ‘Law of Historical Memory’

A number of places named by India’s colonial rulers have been renamed since independence. The Punjab government has proposed introducing a bill that aims at erasing memories of British rule by renaming places that have English names. The proposed bill and the politics of renaming are rooted in the “nationalisation” of heritage. It misses the complex ways in which the British were actively engaged in fashioning what is now considered “national heritage.”



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