A Periodical Nation
This chapter investigates the imaginative space produced by the New York–based Indian nationalist periodical Young India, published by Lala Lajpat Rai between 1918 and 1920. Like other periodicals, Young India fosters an “imagined community”; unlike the reactionary and intolerant nationalisms that Benedict Anderson and others have studied, Young India’s community is transnational and transcultural, insisting on diversity of race, religion, and opinion as one of its defining characteristics. Far from being limited to the subcontinent of South Asia, Young India projects a constituency of colonized and other working people in Ireland, Egypt, Turkey, Persia, Japan, China, and the United States.
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