Lineages of the Present: Ideology and Politics in Contemporary South Asia

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Verso, May 17, 2002 - Political Science - 384 pages
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In March 1998, India broke a quarter-century’s silence when it detonated a series of nuclear devices in the Rajasthan desert. Having announced it possessed the requisite credentials for membership in the nuclear club in 1974, India quickly disavowed any desire to join, pledging not to develop its capability further.. As the Pokhran explosions revealed, that promise would not be kept for ever, and the principal beneficiary of its breaking was now to be a right-wing government seeking to shore up its shaky political base by demonstrating its commitment to the ‘Hindu bomb’.

While most in the West were taken unawares by this sudden bellicosity in the land of Ghandi, more scrupulous observers on the South-Asian scene insisted it had a clear history. In this, his first book since the hotly debated In Theory, Aijaz Ahmad untangles many of the intertwined threads of historical and political traditions in a still-too-poorly-understood region of the world.
 

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Contents

Free and Divided در
3
Democracy and Dictatorship in Pakistan 197180
17
Roads Taken and Not Taken
60
Recompositions of Nation
103
Reading Gramsci in
129
Communalist Offensive
167
The Left Chooses
209
The BJP in Government
240
IndoPakistan Politics in
301
Notes
325
Acknowledgements
351
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Aijaz Ahmad is a renowned cultural theorist who has taught in several western and Indian universities. A frequent contributor to Frontline magazine, he currently lives in New Delhi.

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