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Rewriting a Nationalist Narrative: The 1940s in India

Lecture by Indivar Kamtekar, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi, India

Monday, April 09, 2007
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
11377 Bunche Hall
Los Angeles, CA 90095

The 1940s are usually seen in Indian history as the time independence from British rule was achieved.  This paper moves away from the common obsession with imperialism and nationalism, to investigate the enduring effects of the Second World War on the relationship between Indian society and the state. 

Indivar Kamtekar is Associate Professor of Modern History, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India. His research interests lie in the political and social history of modern India. His publications include, 'A Different War Dance: State and Class in India 1939-1945’, Past and Present, no.176 (August 2002), ‘The Shiver of 1942’, Studies in History, 18, 1, n.s. (January-June 2002), ‘The Fables of Nationalism’, India International Centre Quarterly, vol. 26, no.3 (Monsoon 1999) and ‘The Military Ingredient of Communal Violence in Punjab, 1947’, Proceedings of the Indian History Congress, 56th session, held at Calcutta in 1995 (Reprinted in Abstracts of Sikh Studies, vol. IV, no.1, January-March 2002).


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