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February 13, 2008 Postcolonialism, Economic Nationalism and Indian Identity Our Objective for this Session? o Get you through Sunil Khilnani’s very interesting, though rather complex reading of Chapter 2, “Temples of the Future” in the Idea of India (Khilnani, 1997) o Deepen our knowledge about a non-Western, developing world country case – India; especially by examining the way that religious, ethnic and regional identities intersect with national identities in the process on ‘nation-building’. o Introduce a different perspective/methodology for examining ‘national identity’ – a ‘political-economic’ methodology o Think about political rights, economic rights and cultural rights as they intertwine, overlap, clash in our country case state-society relations with respect to nationalism and national identity Why does Khilnani title his second chapter, “Temples of the Future”? o What do ‘temples’ signify for an understanding of Khilnani’s theme about nationalism in India? Khilnani’s answer, page 62 (Khilnani, 1997) o Three and a half million cubic meters of concrete were needed to raise the dam …………….the concrete had to produce over three years……….to those who imagined the dams into existence- like the gleaming steel and power plants at Bokaro and Bhilai- they embodied the vision of modernity in which India had committed itself……… o They were the spectacular facades, luxurious in their very austerity, upon which the nation watched expectantly as the image of its future was projected. It was a big audacious image- India, it promised would become an industrial giant! Herein lies the meaning of economic nationalism o A concept that is used differently from the advanced industrial countries of the West, such as the US case that we have just finished; for the developing world--- the post-colonial world--- has significant meaning for understanding the dynamics of the country’s nationalist processes o Economic nationalism refers to a country’s efforts to ‘develop ’ economic capacity so that it can move from an agricultural, poor economy to a ‘modern’ ‘developed’ industrialized economy. o Advanced industrial countries like the US also went through this process but at a much different – earlier- time period (1800s). o In developing countries like India, Nigeria, this effort begins in an era of ‘post- colonialism ’ – from the post World War period of the late 1940s to 60s in much of Asia; and from the 1960s to 1980s in Africa o Its process involves a complex interweaving among political rights, economic rights and cultural rights in the context of nation-building Khilnani’s Chapter 2 Objective? o
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