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Interrogating India's ModernityDemocracy, Identity, and Citizenship$
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Surinder Jodhka

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780198092070

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198092070.001.0001

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Remains of Difference

Remains of Difference

New Imaginaries of Otherness in Post-reform India

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(p.221) 9 Remains of Difference
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Interrogating India's Modernity
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Ravinder Kaur

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198092070.003.0010

This essay explores the changing self-identity of India as a nation state during the 1990s, after the introduction of neoliberal reforms. What is seen to be ‘new’ and how is it different from what was before? How is an optimistic narrative of a ‘new’ global self created within the terrain of inequity and inequality in post-reform India? The essay argues that it is through a strategy of fracture—of deliberately created ruptures which compartmentalize and separate what is deemed of value to the global economic networks from all that is deemed waste—that the newness is constructed in the popular domain. Through an exploration of two cultural events in the recent past, the essay shows how the idea of the internal other in new India is produced and reiterated.

Keywords:   post-reform India, neoliberal reforms, India’s self-identity, globalization, economy, inequity, strategy of fracture

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