A subaltern view

Print edition : August 23, 2013

On June 30, 1964, President S. Radhakrishnan meeting with Muslim residents of the Kalabagan area of central Calcutta (now Kolkata), which is predominantly Muslim. The area was affected by Hindu-Muslim rioting in January of the same year. Pandey provides a caveat early on in his book when he says that it is not a “comprehensive history” of Hindu-Muslim relations in north India but is “...an attempt to examine what we accomplish when we apply the term ‘communalism’ to this history...”. Photo: The Hindu Archives

The book’s real achievement is the way in which it has “problematised” the idea of communalism and wrenched it from its easy conceptualisations.
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