Rony George- Postcolonial Criticism and Indian Historiography

Prakash, Gyan. “Postcolonial Criticism and Indian Historiography.” Third World and Post-Colonial Issues 31.32 (1992): 8-19. JSTOR. Web. 9 June 2016.

 

Revisiting and rewriting the social identities formed by the colonial forces is at the core of postcolonial historiography. Marxism and nationalism are popularly perceived as the anti thesis of colonial projects. However, the essay suggests that even these are Europe centred. Bringing out the blind-spots and silences are the keys in deconstructing the colonial versions of historiography. The first world is seen as the last word for not only in the areas of technology and economy but also cultural and artistic production. Using the concepts put forward by Homi K. Bhabha and Gayatri Spivak are helpful in exploring the processes and strategies associated with this project. Ideologies of nationhood requires close analysis. many a times, we fail to identify many elements that are disguised as belonging to the orient.Rereading the popularly held notions of history is essential to demystify the colonial historiography.

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