Year: 2022 | Month: December | Volume 11 | Issue 4

Reading ‘Binaries’ in Nationalist Narratives in the Context of India – A Dissection

Tabesum Begam Tirthankar Chakraborty
DOI:10.46852/2249-6637.04.2022.5

Abstract:

The collapse of old political frameworks of colonization and the reconfiguration of global power have been accompanied by an
impulse to redefine, reassert, and reconfigure meanings of the nation on multiple levels. As colonial powers have begun retracting
from countries they once imperialized, citizens of those countries have been given the opportunity to once again define their nation
as they perceive it, rather than accept the definitions imposed on them by other powers. In this context, this paper actually is to
examine and analyse the question of nationalism with gender identity. The key argument of this paper is that the valorisation of
‘women question’ in dominant nationalist narratives actually misread the actual nationalist discourse. Thus, this article provides an
overview of some of the key concepts and literature in the study of gender and nationalism, including women; gender; the nation
and the intersection of sexuality, race and gender within nationalist imaginations

Highlights

  • Valorisation of ‘women question’ in dominant nationalist narratives actually misread the actual nationalist discourse.
  • The nationalist discourse in third world countries particularly in India symbolizes the politically salient aspect of gendered colonialism.
  • In postcolonial India, has emerged as a discursive totality that has subsumed the politics of indigenous identity.




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