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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. 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.
Exploring the myths, fantasies and psychological defenses that went into the colonial culture, particularly the polarities that shaped t 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. 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.
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My new found love for psycho-anthropology. Apr 27, Jerry Jose rated it it was amazing. To most of the finest critical minds of West, Colonialism was a necessary evil, the first portal towards a more even homogenized world.
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. Author here argues that Colonialism has not only colonized the geographical material entity but also the mind; by compelling colonized societies to mod To most of the finest critical minds of West, Colonialism was a necessary evil, the first portal towards a more even homogenized world.
Author here argues that Colonialism has not only colonized the geographical material entity but also the mind; by compelling colonized societies to modify, if not alter, their cultural priorities towards the concepts of modern West. In this book, Nandy consciously connives to uncover what Western colonialism has done to its subjects unconsciously, and the alternative language of discourse colonized Indians might have created in the process.
I know the intro sounds like the first snooze button in a long boring lecture, but I find myself ill equipped to articulate the things that I enjoyed and found enlightening during this read. It is possible today to opt for a non-West which in itself is a construction of the West. And they both speak of victims than victors, and when victors are addressed they are considered as camouflaged victims in their earlier stage of psychological decay. 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.
Side lining 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. Towards later years, British began to ascribe salvatory meanings to Colonial domination and Indians began to see their progress in becoming more like the British, in friendship or enmity.
In the second essay, author takes his psychoanalysis to the post-colonial view, of both India and the West. Naipaul , who in their loss, wanted to identify India as a martial opponent to the West. Though pluralities of ideologies are always accommodated, this split is in present continuous tense and when everything material fails people retracts to the spiritual self for answers. The major western worldview separates both philosophies, with conspicuous hierarchy and exclusivity.
And this is where Gandhi stands as an original critique to modernity. 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. What is it in the latter that has aroused such antipathy? Why should they matter so much to the conquerors of India if they were so trivial?
Why could they so effortlessly become the antonymous of their rulers? Why have many modern Indians shared this imperialist estimation? Why have they felt proud of those who fought out and lost, and not of those who lost out and fought? Dec 28, Mukesh Kumar rated it really liked it Recommends it for: All interested in human psychology, history.
Simply brilliant! Deconstructing the psychology of colonialism, through the eyes of gender definitions negation of the androgynous or feminine , resistances to it within and without the framework of the west and how the colonizer and the colonized both become a victim of it!
Also, the aftershocks after the colonizers have left and the co-option. So much to take in, great stuff. Oct 08, Anurag rated it it was amazing.
Even though I don't agree with a lot of things Mr Nandy has said, this is an exceptional account of the Indian colonial experience. It has a lot to say about each one of us who lived in the Indian subcontinent and felt some repercussions, however faint or indirect, of the colonial past. For me, the essays exposed some of doubts on the role of power in definition of ethics, which I had arrived to some convenient answers at.
Mr Nandy has analyzed Indian personalities in great detail and offers ins Even though I don't agree with a lot of things Mr Nandy has said, this is an exceptional account of the Indian colonial experience. 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.
This is an eye-opening book - well-researched and still accessible to the general public. Where I don't agree with Mr Nandy are places where he seems to make the colonial rule and its policies sound very deliberate. In my opinion, the British Raj was bulky, non-uniform and quite disintegrated. A deliberation of the magnitude that sometimes seems to have been assumed as a prori in Mr Nandy's arguments was probably absent.
Jul 26, Vaidya rated it really liked it Shelves: non-fiction , kindle. This is a set of two essays. Not sure I understood everything being said, but you do get an idea as you read further into it. The first essay The Psychology of Colonialism was pretty hard to get through as the language used was pretty academic.
But you need to get through that to get into the second one The Uncolonized Mind which is a much easier read. Once you get the idea, its easier to make up your mind and you can decide whether to agree with him or not.
But the concepts and theories are go This is a set of two essays. 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. Interesting one to read and think about. Jul 05, Appu rated it really liked it.
I first read the book during my university days, nearly a decade and half back. On a re-reading, I find that the book has stood up very well. Nandi is as relevant today as he was when the book was originally written. This is a slim but dense book that needs to be read closely. I am sharing here the notes that I made while reading. Colonialism is usually understood as a political and economic project.
Colonialism is also psychological and cultural as well. Therefore colonialism can persist in the culture and psyche of the colonized people even after political and economic colonialism has ended. Along with this claim came the claim of manliness. This philosophy of colonialism was internalized and accepted by the Indians. Nandi argues that colonialism sees subject people as children. So colonialism was a process of nurturing.
But this created a problem for countries like India where there existed a literary tradition and traditions of philosophy science and literature. So how do you reconcile your theory that colonized peoples being barbarians with the reality of classical culture in countries like India. This was intellectual mimicry. This sort of mimicry was carried to a higher level by Swami Dayananda and Swami Vivekananda. Their effort was to create a Hinduism in the model of Christianity and Islam.
Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar denied that there was a golden age of Hinduism from which it had fallen. He could also not agree that Hinduism could be a religion like Christianity or Islam. Colonialism did as much damage to the colonising societies as it did to the colonised societies. Colonialism was a hyper masculine project and anything that was not masculine and virile were de-emphasised.
A trained clinical psychologist , Nandy has provided theoretical critiques of European colonialism , development, modernity, secularism, Hindutva , science, technology, nuclearism , cosmopolitanism, and utopia. He has also offered alternative conceptions relating to cosmopolitanism and critical traditionalism. In addition to the above, Nandy has offered an original historical profile of India's commercial cinema as well as critiques of state and violence. Nandy had received the Fukuoka Asian Culture Prize in Nandy was born in a Bengali Christian family   at Bhagalpur , Bihar, in Later, his family moved to Calcutta. Nandy's mother was a teacher at La Martiniere School , Calcutta and subsequently became the school's first Indian vice principal.
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