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The Forging of Nationhood

 
Gyanendra Pandey (Editor) Peter Geschiere (Editor)
Synopsis Unlike most writings on nationalism, and the related concepts of development and modernity, this book is the product of a conversation begun among historians of the South—or what used to be known as the ‘Third World’. It shows how much there is to learn about these facets of the modern world from closer attention to the experience of the directly or indirectly colonized parts of Asia, Africa, the Caribbean and Latin America and, no less importantly, from direct interaction between scholars from these regions. The notions of nationhood and liberal development have been disseminated so successfully in recent times that they have come to be viewed almost as ‘natural’. It is easy to forget how long and difficult the struggle has been to establish ideas of popular sovereignty and individual equality as universally applicable rights. For, as this book demonstrates, the rhetoric of the inclusive claims of liberty and equality that nationalism and other related movements promote is accompanied by the practice of excluding numerous classes, communities and individuals from precisely these claims. This happens to be the case both within, and across, nations. Indeed, the story of nationalism and of modern ’civilization’ could scarcely have been written without such exclusions. Several papers in this volume show how members of excluded groups can suffer from nationalism’s impatience with difference, and conclude with the hope of reforming the nation-state. Yet their collective contributions also suggest that the concept of the essential, cultural nation—and perhaps therefore the idea of the nation itself, as it has been handed down to us—needs serious questioning; and with that of course the existing forms of the modern state.
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About the author

Gyanendra Pandey

Prof. (Dr.) Gyanendra Pandey Triple Postgraduate, PH.D., F.R.A.S. (Lond.) etc., Asstt. Director (Ayurveda), Retd., CCRAS, Govt of India, (Ministry of Health & F.W.), Expert of Ayurveda, Herbals & Indology (Oriental Studies), Specialist clinician (Incl. Panchakarma Therapy)- Medicobotanist (Floral Survey: Arid/seacoastsalpines) R.& D Consultant (Pharmaceuticals - cosmetics, Drug farming), Herbal Veterinarian (MUskdeer research, CBSG, IUCN). International Recognition 37 Books Author (Excl. 400 papers). Various awards-honours- appreciations-felicitations. Formerly: Ayurvedic College, Gurukul Kangri, University, Hardwar, Uttaranchal, Ex. Sr. Officer/research scientist/Sectional/Project (s) - Institutional head (Officer-in-charge: Survey of medicinalplants project, Gurukul Kangri, Hardwar/S.M.P.U., Govt. Ayurvedic college, Gwalior, M.P. (RRI/Central Research Institute of Ayurveda; India Institute of Ayurveda for Drug research (R.R.I. Tarikhet), Ranikhet, Uttaranchal;, Regional research Institute (Ayurveda), Jhansi (Uttar Pradesh); Medico-Ethnobotanical, Expedition to Sikkim etc. Participant in National and International Seminars etc; Visited South-East Asian region. Project head Ex. Drugs Standardistion Unit, I.I.A.D.R. (CCRAS, Govt of India), Tarikhet (Ranikhet), Uttaranchal; Special Invitee/Expert-Single Drug Identification Sub-committee, Ayurvedic Pharmacopoeia Committee, Ministry of Health & F.W., I.S.M., Govt. of India. Books Presentation/Release/Honour- H.E. the president of India, Rastrapati Bhawan, New Delhi. Special Invitee/Expert-Uttaranchal Pharmacopoeia Programme, Uttaranchal health Systems development Project (UHSDP), Directorate of Medical & Health Services, Govt. of Uttaranchal. Senior Professor, H.O.D. & Sr. Specialist Physician Uttaranchal Ayurveda Medical College & Hospital (Recognised by CCIM, Govt of India - Approved by Govt. of Uttaranchal - Affiliated with HNB Garwhal University), 17, Old Mussoorie Road, Rajpur, Dehradun, Uttaranchal.

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Title The Forging of Nationhood
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2003
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8173044252
length 304p.