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Lecture 17

Lecture 17

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Neville Panthaki

L17 Indian National Congress (1885) - after 1857, areas that were non-British direct control were absorbed into larger British areas - Bombay, Madras, Calcutta, began to expand - as result of the Mutiny, direct British control fostered a sense of distain in Indian culture & response of Indian national movement - influenced growth and served as a model for future 1. transformation of identity unity expression - what exactly was an Indian as national expression - settle on and create an identity that was pan-Indian [regional national particularist (lesser in terms of hierarchy) patriotic] - affiliated and associated solely in a regional way, but aim to spread to national scale - make least important most important - agrarians try to expand peoples regional and particularist identities - pan-identity is usually the lowest common denominator (smallest similarity) 2. dialogue with the Raj (for political rights) - become spokesperson with the Raj (British colonial power) - Congress first job = create Indian-ness for it to represent the nation - members of colonial elites - used British methodsstructures in law to put theory into practice - dialogue with divergence of theory and power - using the legal framework that was set up to attempt to change the system - working from nothing to create something - no military means to do something radical - important stages prior to
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