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Reverence, Resistance and Politics of Seeing the Indian National Flag (Hardback)
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Reverence, Resistance and Politics of Seeing the Indian National Flag (Hardback)

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Hardback 291 Pages / Published: 08/01/2016
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This book studies the politics that make the tricolour flag possibly the most revered of the symbols, icons and markers associated with nation and nationalism in twentieth-century India. The emphasis on the flag as a visual symbol aims to question certain dominant assumptions about visuality. Anchored on Mahatma Gandhi's 'believing eye', this study reveals specificities of visual experience in the South Asian milieu. The account begins with a survey of the pre-colonial period, focuses on colonial lives of the flag, and then moves ahead to explain the contemporary dynamics of seeing the flag in India. The Flag Satyagraha of Jubblepore and Nagpur in 1922-23, the adoption of the Congress Flag in 1931, the resolution for the future flag in the Constituent Assembly of India in 1947, the history of the colour saffron, and the codes governing the flag, as well as legal cases, are all explored in depth in this book.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9781107118874
Number of pages: 291
Weight: 490 g
Dimensions: 228 x 152 x 23 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
'Sadan Jha's book is a pioneering and illuminating history of the Indian national flag, the most important icon of the nation. Jha's critical eye helps the reader see not only the contested nature of this symbol but also some important - and usually neglected - visual aspects of the Indian nationalist movement, thus widening our understanding of the scope of the political in the South Asian context. This book should interest all students of modern South Asian history.' Dipesh Chakrabarty, University of Chicago
'A brilliant multidisciplinary analysis of the development of the Indian national flag and the way in which it came to be seen, appropriated and sacralised by different groups. A must-read for anyone interested in the Indian nationalist movement.' Bhikhu Parekh, University of Westminster

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