This book examines how identities are formed and expressed in political, social and cultural contexts across South Asia. It is a comprehensive intervention on how, why and what identities have come to be, and takes a closer look at the complexities of their interactions.
Drawing on an interdisciplinary approach, combining methodologies from history, literary studies, politics, and sociology, this book:
• Explores the multiple ways in which personal and collective identities manifest and engage, are challenged and resisted across time and space
• Highlights how the shared history of colonialism and partition, communal violence, bloodshed and pogrom are instrumental in understanding present-day developments in identity politics
• Sheds light on a number of current themes such as borders and nations, race and ethnicity, identity politics and fundamentalism, language and regionalism, memory and community, and resistance and assertion.
A key volume in South Asian Studies, this book will be of great interest to scholars and researchers of modern South Asian history, politics, sociology, literary studies and social exclusion.
Introduction 1. Identity Assertions and the Context of Conflicts in South Asia 2. Constitution and Conflict:Mono-ethnic federalism in a Poly-ethnic Nepal 3. Literature as Cosmopolitics: Beyond Nations, Borders and Identities 4. Ideology as Identity: Progressivism of Punjabi Poetry of 1970s and After 5. Flying High or Lying Low? The Moral Economy of Young Women in Higher Education in Punjab, India 6. Dalit Assertion and Different Shades of Movements 7. The question of Loyalty: Minorities and South Asian Nationalisms 8. Adivasi Struggles in Chhattisgarh: Self Rule, Resource Conflicts and Militarization 9. Was Bhagat Singh an Internationalist? Resistance and Identity in Global Age 10. The Languages of the Indian English Writer