Chandernagor: Recognizing Alternative Discourses on the Colonial

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Avenel Press, Feb 10, 2018 - 158 pages

 When we in India talk about colonial encounters, we almost invariably fail to realize that the very notion of colonialism as understood in Indian academics is wanting. How, otherwise, do we explain the singularities of the Chandernagorian-French colonial encounters? How do we explain the fact that all residents of this quaint town, irrespective of colour, were entitled to full citizenship rights under the French republic since the 1870s? What explains the fact that the Chandernagorians had to themselves the right of representation in the French parliament by popularly elected representatives? How do our nationalists come to terms with the fact that Chandernagor never experienced any mass anti-French movement? And most importantly, how did this singularly unique colonial experience come to be a not-talked-of chapter in Indian history?

 

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Contents

Foreword
9
Introducing a Modernity of the French Sort
29
The Fork in the Road to Modernity
48
Making Citizens
72
Problematizing the Popular Discourse
91
Annexure
121
Bibliography
153
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About the author (2018)

Arghya Bose is alumnus of the Institut d'Études Politiques de Paris, and is currently affiliated to Presidency University, Calcutta. A fellow at the French Embassy in India, and primarily interested in colonial - post-colonial intersections, Bose already has to his merits regular contributions to several academic journals and periodicals.

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