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The ebook explores the character of Muslim cultural identification in 19th century India and the alterations it underwent via colonial rule. It exhibits how one establishment, The Mohammadan Anglo Oriental collage, with its founders and early scholars mediated those alterations throughout the first 25 years of its life, and developed tools of adapting to the demanding situations of colonialism and nationalism.
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If India's increasingly endemic violence and corruption could creep in to such an institution, it was asked, what was the hope for the rest of India? 'The killing is a metaphor of our times,' I was told by Saeed Naqvi, one of the country's most highly regarded political commentators and an old boy of the school. ' In Britain there may have been widespread celebrations marking fifty years of Indian Independence, but in India there has been much less rejoicing. As The Times of India acknowledged in an editorial to mark the 1997 Republic Day, 'in this landmark year not much remains of the hope, idealism and expectations that our founding fathers poured in to the creation of the Republic.
In those days every sardar had fifteen horses and an elephant,' said the Major. ' 'But it's not just the sardars who are nostalgic,' said Vanmala. 'The entire population is nostalgic. That's why the Rajmata and all Scindias - are still so popular. ' I asked. ' 'No,' said the Pawars in unison. 'Absolutely not,' said the Major. 'You see, in those days there was no corruption,' said the Brigadier. 'The Maharajahs worked very hard on the administration. ' 'The city was beautifully kept up,' said the Major.
Instead, we were always taught about all the brilliant things that British civilisation was about, and how we paan-chewing Indians were basically degenerate and we'd never get anywhere. Look how far the British had come, they told us; the sun never sets on the British Empire. We were indoctrinated in to believing that talking in Hindi, reciting Urdu poetry, wearing khadi, chewing paan and spitting in to spittoons - all this was vulgar and obscene, and after a while it really did seem like that to us.
Aligarh's first generation: Muslim solidarity in British India by David Lelyveld