ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Citizenship: Norm, Institution and the Contests

Citizenship and Its Discontents: An Indian History by Niraja Gopal Jayal; Permanent Black, 2013; pp 366, Rs 795.

Niraja Gopal Jayal’s book on citizenship, poised between a liberal idea of citizenship (including its multicultural variety) and a more militant idea of the same, achieves a difficult task, namely, combining the analytical with the historical. With this, she also circumvents a minefield of partisanship and retains the distance of an academic engaged in studying a partisan history and its scholarship. Few could have done this, and some, such as this reviewer, who enjoys partisan scholarship, would not have attempted it, while many others would have failed in the task.

The Idea of Citizenship

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