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Abstract

This Conclusion details the further entanglement of the British Mughal imaginary with the jurisprudence of emergency during decolonisation. It also reconsiders the rhetoric of anti-Semitism and the logic of minoritisation in the colony, always immanent to colonial Indian historical fiction, where the conflation of Mughal and Muslim often served more authoritarian nativist claims to sovereignty. Never far from the mainstream nationalist imaginary, it is this sectarian recension of the Mughal that has returned to the centre today; under the banners of Hindu Nationalism, medieval Indian history—both populist and pedagogical—is once again being rewritten in the name of the despot.

Keywords

Colonial law India Muslim Hindu Nationalism Mughal empire Bankimchandra 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Alex Padamsee
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  1. 1.School of EnglishUniversity of KentCanterburyUK

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