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Vishnu's Crowded Temple: India since the Great Rebellion

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As it enters its sixtieth year of independence, India stands on the threshold of superpower status. Yet India is strikingly different from all other global colossi. While it is the world’s most populous democracy and enjoys the benefits of its internationally competitive high-tech and software industries, India also contends with extremes of poverty, inequality, and political and religious violence.

This accessible andvividly written book presents a new interpretation of India’s history, focusing particular attention on the impact of British imperialism on Independent India. Maria Misra begins with the rebellion against the British in 1857 and tracks the country’s advance to the present day. India’s extremes persist, the author argues, because its politics rest upon a peculiar foundation in which traditional ideas of hierarchy, difference, and privilege coexist to a remarkable degree with modern notions of equality and democracy. The challenge of India’s leaders today, as in the last sixty years, is to weave together the disparate threads of the nation’s ancient culture, colonial legacy, and modern experience.

About the Author

Maria Misra is university lecturer in modern history and fellow of Keble College, Oxford University. She is the author of Business, Race, and Politics in British India. She lives in Oxford.

Table of Contents

Introduction — Tropical gothic — Babel-Mahal — Far pavilions — Spinning the nation — A house divided — The last Viceroy — Flames — Levelling the Temple — Epilogue, or Divine developments — Glossary.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780300145236
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Subject:
History : Asia - India & South Asia
Author:
Misra, Maria
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Publication Date:
October 2008
Binding:
eBooks
Language:
English
Pages:
592

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History and Social Science » Asia » India » Ancient and General
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