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India's revolutionary inheritance : politics and the promise of Bhagat Singh / Chris Moffat, Queen Mary University of London.

Author/creator Moffat, Chris author.
Format Book and Print
Publication Info Cambridge, United Kingdom ; New York, NY : Cambridge University Press, 2019.
Descriptionpages cm
Subject(s)
Contents Introduction: The work of the dead -- Part I: Lahore and the possibility of politics ; What is to be done? ; Infinite Inquilab -- Part II: Prologue ; Bhagat Singh's corpse ; In league with the dead ; Life and death in monuments -- Conclusion: A politics of inheritance.
Abstract "What do anti-colonial histories mean for politics in contemporary India? How can we understand a political terrain that appears crowded with the dead, heroic figures from past struggles who call the living to account and demand action? What role do these 'afterlives' play in the inauguration of new politics and the fashioning of possible futures? In this engaging and innovative analysis of anti-colonial afterlives in modern South Asia, Chris Moffat crafts a framework that takes the dead seriously - not as passive entities, ceremonially invoked, but as active interlocutors and instigators in the present. Focusing on the iconic revolutionary martyr Bhagat Singh (1907-1931), Moffat establishes the problem of inheritance as central to the forms and futures of democracy in this postcolonial polity. Tracing Bhagat Singh's revenant presence in India today, he demonstrates how living communities are animated by a sense of obligation, duty or debt to the dead"-- Provided by publisher.
Abstract "What do anti-colonial histories mean for politics in contemporary India? How can we understand a political terrain that appears crowded with the dead, heroic figures from past struggles who call the living to account and demand action? What role do these 'afterlives' play in the inauguration of new politics and the fashioning of possible futures? In this engaging and innovative analysis of anti-colonial afterlives in modern South Asia, Chris Moffat crafts a framework that takes the dead seriously - not as passive entities, ceremonially invoked, but as active interlocutors and instigators in the present. Focusing on the iconic revolutionary martyr Bhagat Singh (1907-1931), Moffat establishes the problem of inheritance as central to the forms and futures of democracy in this postcolonial polity. Tracing Bhagat Singh's revenant presence in India today, he demonstrates how living communities are animated by a sense of obligation, duty or debt to the dead. Chris Moffat is a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow in the School of History, Queen Mary University of London"-- Provided by publisher.
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LCCN 2018046554
ISBN9781108496902
ISBN1108496903
ISBN9781108739016 (paperback)
ISBN1108739016

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