This volume has emerged out of an enthused response to contribute essays on the making of Indian nationalism - an aspect that assumes importance in the wake of a spectacular return of national consciousness through the decades of the 80s and 90s. The essays in this volume are incisive analytical comments on what constitutes Indian culture.
PART ONE: VISIONS: SCRIPTING THE NATION
Excerpts from: Sri Aurobindo, Mahatma Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru, Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, Maulana Azad
PART TWO: MEMORIES ARE MADE OF THIS...
Gandhi's Retrieval of Indigenous Culture
Uma Das Gupta
In Pursuit of a Different Freedom
Imbibing Values at Kalakshetra
Aligarh Muslim University
A Memory Coming to Life
PART THREE: VOICES: AFFIRMING PLURALITY
The Persistence of Hindustani
Holding the Nation Together
Plural Cultures, Monolithic Structures
Rukmini Bhaya Nair
Poetry as Expression of National Crisis
Theatre of the Streets
PART FOUR: METAPHORS OF THE NATION
Iconising the Nation
The Museum Is National
Kids, Couples and Chicks
Reconstructing the Nation in Cinema
Maha Kumbh Mela
PART FIVE: VISTAS: THE GLOBAL CUSP
What's So Great about Lagaan?
Ethnic Cuisine/The Significant 'Other'
Cricket's Social Subtext
T K Oommen
Demystifying the Nation and Nationalism
Antara Dev Sen