Exploring Indian Modernities

Ideas and Practices

  • Leïla Choukroune
  • Parul Bhandari

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Leïla Choukroune, Parul Bhandari
    Pages 1-17
  3. Imagining the Modern: Ideas, Institutions, and Challenges

  4. Experiencing the Modern: Makings and Practices

  5. Narrating the Modern: Texts and Travels

About this book


This book is an ambitious attempt to bring together the diverse interpretations of the modern that have shaped the realities of Indian society. It undertakes not one, but multiple conceptual frameworks to explain the journey of the making and experiencing of the modern. It also points to the loopholes of the modern project and describes the innovations and adaptations and the intended and unintended makings of the modern. This volume takes on a multidisciplinary perspective and fosters an expansive focus as it brings together works from political science, international law and jurisprudence, sociology, anthropology, history, economics, visual studies, history of art, social geography, and the specific lens these fields use to unveil and analyse the ‘modern’ in Indian society. Divided into three parts: Imagining the modern, Experiencing the modern, and Narrating the modern, this book showcases the multiple ways of being modern, without necessarily expressing the modern as a rational, egalitarian and neat category. Instead, it highlights the ideas of progress and gain and also of nostalgia and loss that mark the practices of modern in India. Most importantly, it explains that there is not one imagining, practice, or vision of the modern for India, but that the modern is constantly constructed, practised, and lived in changing and contested spheres. Bringing together original papers from renowned as well as upcoming scholars, this book crosses the boundaries of the Indian subcontinent to support the development of a new social sciences scholarship both globalized in its vision and outreach and localized in its approach.


Indian democracy Indian legal responses to modernization economic modernity science and modernity in India secular ethics in education modernism in Indian art museums and modernity terrorism and pluralized modernity languages in discourse on modernity modern Indian family matchmaking in India gender and sexuality in modern India hospitality industry in modern India colonial and modern Indian cuisine rituals of animal slaughter tribal portraits in early modern India modernism in Indian fiction multiculturalism in colonial urban India

Editors and affiliations

  • Leïla Choukroune
    • 1
  • Parul Bhandari
    • 2
  1. 1.Professor of International Law, Director of the Thematic Initiative in Democratic CitizenshipUniversity of PortsmouthPortsmouthUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.Centre for Social Sciences and Humanities (CSH), New Delhi, India and St. Edmund's College, University of Cambridge CambridgeUnited Kingdom

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