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Globalization and the Politics of Identity in India by Ronki Ram, Ashutosh Kumar, Bhupinder Brar

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Globalization and Imagined Identities: Lessons from Colonial and Nationalist Constructions of Identities in Punjab*

BHAGWAN JOSH

Among several aspects of globalization, one that has generated considerable interest and debate in India is its impact on identities based on language, region, religion, caste and ethnicity. However, the discussion has proceeded along fairly conventional and predictable lines, adding precious little to the theoretical positions already available in the Western literature on such themes. This reflects, yet again, the post-coloniality of our intellectual enterprise, a dependency which prevents us from making sense of our historical and cultural context in our own terms.

This essay seeks to open up the scope of the debate ...

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