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Indian Government and Politics by Mohammed Aftab Alam, Ranjay Kumar, Hoveyda Abbas

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Indian Nationalism and Its Practitioners

CHAPTER OBJECTIVES

The emergence of national consciousness in India was a complex process due to the variety of social and cultural identities of the people. When people who were divided on the basis of caste, tribe, ethnic group, territory and region, language, religion, class and social status sought to come under the banner of the national movement, internal differences were a challenge for a unified anti-colonial movement. Added to this was the advocacy of the political, technological and scientific superiority of British rule in India and its supposed moral and beneficial plans for the Indian people. Different sections of India’s leadership and observers interpret the emergence and rise of Indian ...

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