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THE INTIMATE. ENEMY. Loss and Recovery of Self under Colonialism. ASHIS NANDY. DELHI. OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS. BOMBAY CALCUTTA MADRAS . Breaking with the tradition, Ashis Nandy explores the ways in which colonialism damaged the colonizing societies themselves, and how the. policies on a Procrustean bed can be dangerously deceptive, by pinning a particular label on an author, his total contribution to the subject is under- mined and.

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Or the humans defined and made the world so? The British rulers of India, at any point and in any sense, never kept any Indian equal to them in their administration and kept themselves as aliened nanndy of India.

Remember me on this computer. Retrieved 5 April Abhilash Prabhakaran rated it liked it Jan 05, Breaking with the tradition, Ashis Nandy explores the ways in which colonialism damaged the colonizing societies themselves, and how the likes of Gandhi resisted their rulers in British India by building on the lifestyle, values, and psychology rnemy ordinary Indians and by heeding dissenting voices from the West.

East Dane Designer Men’s Fashion. Would you like to tell us about a lower price? Please try again later. Exploring the myths, fantasies and psychological defenses that went into the colonial culture, particularly the polarities that shaped the colonial theory of progress, Nandy describes the Indian experience and shows how the Indians broke with traditional norms of Western culture to protect their vision of an alternative future.

The book somehow has given new dimensional of mixed thinking and writing of an emerging interdisciplinary. Jan 13, Tanay Bakshi rated it liked it. Academic Skip to main content. Yet it made me give attention to the lies I soon found it necessary to tell: Archived from the original on 5 December The book will appeal to general readers as well as students and scholars of sociology, history, psychology, and cultural studies.

The Intimate Enemy: Loss and Recovery of Self Under Colonialism by Ashis Nandy

This study contends that modern colonialism is successful not only because the ruling country subjugates through superior technical and economic resources, but also because the rulers propagate cultural subservience of the subject people. Modern oppression, he argues, as opposed to traditional oppression is not a battle between the self and the enemy, or the oppressor and the revolutionaries, or the god and the demons. Help Center Find new research papers in: During that time the British rulers were very much supported the political participation of the Hindus, probably Brahmins.


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Retrieved 27 January Nandy argues that the understanding of self is intertwined with intiate of race, class, and religion under colonialism, and that the Gandhian movement can be understood in part as an attempt to transcend a strong tendency of educated Indians to articulate political striving for independence in European terms. I didn’t enjoy the book, though the subject matter fascinates me. My new found love for psycho-anthropology. The world became designed in such a way that the passive can’t survive.

Even though I don’t agree with a lot of things Mr Nandy has said, this is an exceptional account of the Indian colonial enem. Books by Ashis Nandy.

But for the Colonized, the psychological after effects and the trauma of subjugation, in all its postulated merits, have not yet let them embrace the egalitarian world the apologists conveniently then envisioned.

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The Intimate Enemy: Loss and Recovery of Self Under Colonialism

Side ashiz economic and political borders, Nandy tries to show the state of mind as the primary differentia between colonizers and the colonized, where a shared culture might not find its commencement with alien rule or closure in its departure.

Sshis Naragund rated it really liked it May 22, The understanding and interpretation of the data has exposed that Nandy had hardly red colonial history of India.

But, I don’t know if I’d. What is it in the latter that has aroused such antipathy?

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Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second life. Later he enemh a master’s degree in sociology. It’s up to us whether to agree endmy the author or not, but we can anyways interpret the content in our own way and that is the beauty of academic-centric books like this. But the concepts and theories are good as to how we tend to think of the colonial rule in ‘their’ terms while the reason the Indian way survived was because we Gandhi etc were able to define the game in our terms.

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Why have they intimatw proud of those who fought out and lost, and not of those who lost out and fought? A bit more intimacy needed here perhaps.

Ashis Nandy

Later, his family moved to Calcutta. In my opinion, the British Raj was bulky, non-uniform and quite disintegrated. If he is right, I wonder what made India so passive.

Mr Nandy has analyzed Indian personalities in great detail and offers insights from their personal lives to explain how an individual deals under power, defeat; more importantly he exhibits how a colonial experience transforms perspectives fundamentally.

He attacked the moral statement and civilizing mission of colonialism based on cultural superiority in their home ground-by declaring it evil through judgement via Christian values.

Loss and Recovery of Self Under Colonialismtalked about the psychological problems posed at a personal level by colonialism, for both coloniser and colonised. Satyanarayana has challenged Nandy’s remarks and expressed shock at the vociferous support nahdy received for this from the Indian media and academia, asking rhetorically, “Is Prof. He presents an entire different perspective on colonialism, how it was and how it continues to be.

However, it would have had a broader appeal had it been peppered with more illustrations and examples that illustrate his arguments. It needs a second reading.

Divergent to the claim of Nandy the pages of Nabdy Indian history, devoid of any distinction, from which might be in the earlier or later part of colonial India, has filled with the prejudiced racial arrogance of the whites.

To me The Intimate Enemy has been filled with experiences of disagreements and ambivalences.