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Forgotten FriendsMonks, Marriages, and Memories of Northeast India$
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Indrani Chatterjee

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780198089223

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198089223.001.0001

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Rule by Ethnology—Forgetting Histories and Households

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Forgotten Friends

Indrani Chatterjee

Oxford University Press

The chapter summarises the century long processes that resulted in the growth of ethnology under military aegis in the colony, and especially traces the ways in which such ethnology rests on the physical obliteration of monastic subjects in the northeast Indian regions in the early twentieth century. After 1947, eminent historians of India used the same colonial language to write about populations in northeast India as though they shared nothing with these individuals in monastic communities. This is the tragedy of Indian Constitution, and of modern Indian historiography. It rests on physical erasure and forgetting of all the women who had supported monastic teachers, armies and students.

Keywords:   ethnology, historiography

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