Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Raj balance sheet

Manmohan's Oxford speech continues to generate commentary. From the pages of the EPW comes this perspective that says many interesting things, of which at least two are worthy of note: (i) the criticisms of both the Marxist left and ultra-nationalist right are derivative discourses (derived, respectively, from a European intellectual who wrote in the tranquil environs of the British Museum, and the ideologues of European fascist regimes); (ii) recent, more nuanced and introspective evaluations of the Raj may unsettle those who feel that it takes the edge off our neo-nationalism at a time when this is needed to cope with the perceived onslaught of neo-colonialism.

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