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Beyond PartitionGender, Violence, and Representation in Postcolonial India$
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Deepti Misri

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780252038853

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252038853.001.0001

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The Violence of the Oppressed

(p.161) Epilogue
Beyond Partition

Deepti Misri

University of Illinois Press

This concluding chapter reviews the violence of the oppressed, exercised against the juggernaut of the state and its favored caste and class constituencies. After briefly exploring an active feminist debate over the ethical valence of violence, the chapter indicates how one must be prepared to consider if such violence places a productive pressure on contemporary imaginings of India. Implicitly and explicitly, the book concludes by searching for an idea of India that escapes the prevailing discourses of Brahminical, neoliberal, and patriarchal nationalism that rule current articulations of that idea. To say that the violence of the oppressed gestures toward a more expansive idea of India is not simply to endorse violence, but rather to invite scrutiny of the long history of ideas of nation that have created these oppressed groups and their resistant violence.

Keywords:   India, caste, gendered violence, patriarchal nationalism, neoliberalism

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