Castes of mind colonialism and the making of modern india nicholas b dirks on amazoncom free shipping on qualifying offers when thinking of india it is hard not to think of caste in academic and common parlance alike caste has become a central symbol for india. Published in 2001 this book gives a nuanced history of the caste system as it was transformed under colonial rule imbricated within ethnographic and anthropometric data collection and used in various ways within political agendas both secular and religious in postcolonial india. It uses the idea of caste as the basis for a magisterial history of modern india and in making a powerful case that the colonial past continues to haunt the indian present it makes an important contribution to current postcolonial theory and scholarship on contemporary indian politics. Castes of mind colonialism and the making of modern india user review not available book verdict is indias caste system the remnant of ancient indias social practices or the result of the historical relationship between india and british colonial rule. Indias caste system is often seen as an institution deeply rooted in traditional indian culture this carefully researched study however argues that the caste system was at least partly shaped by british colonial practices before the british arrived dirks writes indian society was highly fragmented into communal groupings that served as centers for social identity
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