South Asia

Organized Panel Session

(19) Whose Republic?: Monarchy, Citizenship, and Belonging in a Decolonizing World

3/22/2018
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Location: Jackson, Mezzanine Level

“We the People” – thus begins the preamble of the Indian constitution. By incorporating this immortal phrase, the framers of the Indian constitution hoped to transition India from nearly two centuries of British imperialism towards the promised future of a self-governing republic. An integral assumption of this evolution was the belief that it would be possible to subsume the diverse, complex, and often conflicted histories of peoples that dotted the social and political landscape and channel them towards inaugurating a new political order based on freedom, justice, and democracy. However, at the moment of decolonization, ideas, concepts, and histories fundamentally challenged the singularity of this normative objective of the postcolonial order. This panel focuses on these somewhat little known histories that intersect and challenge this narrative of singularity. Based on original research and fresh interpretation of existing archives, and interdisciplinary in its implications, the panel highlights both concepts and histories where sovereignty, citizenship, and belonging did not have a singular but rather alternative and at times competing notions that directly challenged the values and goals of the postcolonial democratic order.Princely Travancore’s claim of monarchical sovereignty, Jawaharlal Nehru’s efforts to retain India in the British Commonwealth, petitions from migrants to become Indian citizens, and the socio-political critiques by Dr. B R Ambedkar will illustrate these challenges. In sum, by underscoring these histories the panel will probe whether the plurality embedded in the phrase “We the People,” after all, masks an inflexible singularity.

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Arvind Elangovan

Wright State University, Ohio

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Arvind Elangovan

Wright State University, Ohio

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Sarath Pillai

University of Chicago, Illinois

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Mithi Mukherjee

University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado

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Haimanti Roy

University of Dayton, Ohio

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Arvind Elangovan

Wright State University, Ohio

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