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Empire, the National, and the Postcolonial, 1890-1920Resistance in Interaction$
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Elleke Boehmer

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780198184454

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198184454.001.0001

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India the Starting Point: Cross-National Self-Translation in 1900s Calcutta

India the Starting Point: Cross-National Self-Translation in 1900s Calcutta

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(p.34) 2 India the Starting Point: Cross-National Self-Translation in 1900s Calcutta
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Empire, the National, and the Postcolonial, 1890-1920
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ELLEKE BOEHMER

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198184454.003.0002

This chapter investigates the anti-imperial collaboration between Aurobindo Ghose and Sister Nivedita during the critical time in the fortunes of the British Empire. It considers some of the definitive aspects of Nivedita and Aurobindo's anti-colonial self-making or self-translation, focusing on their different investments in the cross-border nationalism of Bengal. Particular notice is given to Nivedita's militancy and to her Kali-worship as the culminating sign of her self-assimilation to neo-Hinduism, for Nivedita's process of Hinduisation was probably the more dramatic make-over, givern her Europeannes.

Keywords:   Sister Nivedita, nationalism, Kali worship, Aurobindo Ghose, India, cross-border nationalism, self-translation, Calcutta, Bengal, neo-Hinduism

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