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Looking Beyond the Postcolonial Reading of Rabindranath Tagore’s Works

The postcolonial discourse in India has attempted to appropriate Tagore within its fold. But he cannot be appropriated by a single discourse, let alone by postcolonialism. His works, when keenly examined, transcend postcolonial thinking. The re-examination of Tagore’s views and ideas, on the other hand, hold immense value for the current political discourse of nationalism and democracy in India.

The 1872 Census

Often cited as an exemplary form of the epistemological violence wrought by the British colonial rule in much postcolonial inquiry, the 1872 Census merits closer analysis in the context of wider 19th-century conversations about the so-called science of statistics. An in-depth study of the processes and reports reveals that the village munduls were in fact indispensable to the actual work of enumeration and the singular figure of “indigenous agency.” The role they played constituted an important condition of the possibility of implementing the census in late 19th-century Bengal.

Journalistic Discourse(s) and the Adivasi

When it comes to the portrayal and depiction of Adivasi communities, the media and journalistic discourse has been reluctant to move away from archaic constructs and ideas. Understanding Adivasi life from their perspective and advocating for “development” on their behalf must be through their terms, cooperating with their traditional systems of existence.

A Postcolonial School in a Modern World

This essay is about a school, taken not only as an educational project, but as an active historical intervention. A discussion of the school helps us to interpret the history of education, and perhaps all history, with new insight; to understand the nature of modernity in a provincial city; and to fashion an approach to both theory and practice that could be called postcolonial.

Remembering to Forget

.Lying on the Postcolonial Couch: The Idea of Indifference by Rukmini Bhaya Nair; Oxford University Press, New Delhi, 2003; pp XXXI + 308, Rs 595.

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