Building Identity: Information, Intellect and Inspiration

  • Papia Sengupta


This chapter studies how indigenous historiography was the first step in perceiving India as a nation. It investigates the role of print media, intellectuals, scholars and poets in the construction and consolidation of national identity by highlighting economic drainage and the poverty of the Indian masses owing to colonial exploitation. The chapter narrates how data collection, surveys and reports about the languages and religions of Indians equipped the colonial administration in politicizing religious–linguistic categories.


Newspapers History writing Vernacular Press Act Drain of wealth Surveys Census Rhetoric 


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  • Papia Sengupta
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  1. 1.Centre for Political StudiesJawaharlal Nehru UniversityNew DelhiIndia

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