HISA 3003 Lecture 20: Post-Colonial India II

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University of Virginia
History-South Asian History
HISA 3003
Nabaparna Ghosh

Thursday, April 21, 2016 PostColonial India II HISA 3003 LTTE In 1988, Rajiv Gandhi reversed the coup in Maldives antagonizing militant Tamil groups Intervening and then sending Indian Peace Keeping Force Troops to Sri Lanka in 1987 leading to open conict with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) Rajiv Gandhi = murdered Because of Indian intervention in Sri Lanka and Tamil regions Gandhian rule of India began to decline Bharatiya Janata Party [1980 Present] Right Wing Party Goals: 1. Fight Corruption 2. Dene Indian identity which is different from the West Strong Hindutva ideal Did so by dening India as Ram Rajya Lord Ram Main character of Ramayana Problems associated with this: 1st Problem: This Indianness derives from a Hindu basis Isolates the Muslim Indians, Christian Indians, Sikh Indians, etc 2nd Problem: Thinking that Ramayana is the historical foundation literary document of India 3. Support for a globalized economy Robust economic growth Special emphasis on SEZs [Special Economic Zone] 1
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