- Paperback: 244 pages
- Publisher: University of Minnesota Press; 2nd ed. edition (22 February 1993)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0816623112
- ISBN-13: 978-0816623112
- Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 1.3 x 21.6 cm
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Nationalist Thought and the Colonial World: A Derivative Discourse Paperback – Import, 22 Feb 1993
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Nonetheless, underneath all of this verbiage is a strong and convincing argument about the three stages of nationalism in India: the moment of departure (epitomized by Bankimchandra Chatttopadhyay), the moment of manoeuvre (Gandhi) and the moment of arrival (Nehru). Chatterjee clearly shows how nationalism in India was akin to Gramsci's concept of the 'passive revolution' - i.e. merely a drive towards independence, not towards transforming or breaking up colonial instutions. He argues that, instead of supporting nationalism, we should instead challenge the marriage between reason and capital.
From the title of this book one might expect Chatterjee to draw links to other anti-colonial nationalisms but he doesn't; rather he only discusses India (not even other parts of South Asia). While this approach doesn't really make this book too useful for examining anti-colonial nationalisms in general, for someone like me who has never read a book on Indian nationalism this is a good introduction.