By Swarupa Gupta
This booklet reopens the controversy on colonial nationalisms, going past 'derivative', 'borrowed', political and modernist paradigms. It introduces the conceptual type of samaj to illustrate how indigenous socio-cultural origins in Bengal interacted with late-colonial discourses to provide the concept of a country. Samaj (a old society and an idea-in-practice) was once a domain for reconfiguring antecedents and negotiating fragmentation. Drawing on indigenous resources, this examine exhibits how caste, type, ethnicity, sector and neighborhood have been refracted to conceptualise wider unities. The mapping of cultural continuities via switch enables a extra nuanced research of the ontology of nationhood, seeing it as concerning, yet greater than political nationalism. It outlines a clean paradigm for recalibrating postcolonial identities, delivering interpretive recommendations to mediate fragmentation.
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