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By Gyanendra Pandey

In colonialist writing, "communalism" is an idea that stands for the puerile and the primitive--for all that colonialism itself, in its personal reckoning, was once now not. it truly is accordingly paradoxical that using this idea has been propagated, greater than someone else, via nationalists and competitors of colonialism. during this significantly new research of the matter of communalism in India, the writer hence has as a lot to assert approximately nationalism as approximately colonialism. He argues that either those thoughts are items of the Age of Colonialism, of cause, and of Capital. His research of communalism is a part of a bigger workout aimed toward knowing the development of Indian society and politics as a complete lately.

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