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Open Access Decolonized space The reconfiguring of national and public space in India

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Decolonized space The reconfiguring of national and public space in India

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One of the great moments in the twentieth century was the achievement of independence on the Indian subcontinent. Along with independence went a reconfiguring of national space and of how it was perceived, understood, and utilized. This chapter examines some of the implications of the changes in attitudes following on the creation not of one but two nations on the subcontinent. It discusses three terrains: the first is the transformation of territorial imaginaries as a result of independence and Partition; the second is that of the street side locality, the space inhabited by people in their daily lives before and after independence; and the last is the historicizing of a spatial past, a continuum of a rethought past provoked by new national identities. Decolonization created new national spaces that affected behaviour and influenced perceptions in a variety of ways and in different places.

Keywords: decolonization; Indian subcontinent; national space



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