Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POC3105: Negotiating Postcoloniality: History and Politics of Independent India

This module descriptor refers to the 2023/4 academic year.

Please note that this module is only delivered on the Penryn Campus.

Indicative Reading List

This reading list is indicative - i.e. it provides an idea of texts that may be useful to you on this module, but it is not considered to be a confirmed or compulsory reading list for this module.

Basic reading:


Prakash, Gyan. "Writing post-orientalist histories of the Third World: perspectives from Indian historiography." Comparative studies in society and history 32, no. 2 (1990): 383-408.

Kaviraj, Sudipta. "The imaginary institution of India." Occasional Paper 5 (2014): 41-64.


Zamindar, Vazira Fazila-Yacoobali. The long Partition and the making of modern South Asia: refugees, boundaries, histories. Columbia University Press, 2007. (selections)

Butalia, Urvashi. The other side of silence: Voices from the partition of India. Duke University Press, 2000. (selections)

Manto, Saadat Hasan. Toba Tek Singh. Penguin Random House India Private Limited, 2017.


Guha, Ramachandra. India after Gandhi: The history of the world's largest democracy. Pan Macmillan, 2017 (selections).

Roy, Srirupa. Beyond belief: India and the politics of postcolonial nationalism. Duke University Press, 2007 (selections).


Stepan, Alfred, Juan J. Linz, and Yogendra Yadav. Crafting state-nations: India and other multinational democracies. JHU Press, 2011 (Selections).

Bhargava, Rajeev. "The distinctiveness of Indian secularism." The Future of Secularism, Oxford University Press, New York (2007).

Devji, Faisal Fatehali. "Hindu/Muslim/Indian." Public Culture 5, no. 1 (1992): 1-18.

Jayal, Niraja Gopal. "The state and democracy in India, or what happened to welfare, secularism and development?'." Democracy in India (2001): 193-223.


Ambedkar, Bhimrao Ramji. Annihilation of caste: an undelivered speech. Arnold Publishers, 1990.

Ray, Raka, and Mary Fainsod Katzenstein, eds. Social movements in India: Poverty, power, and politics. Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2005 (selections).


Kakar, Sudhir. The colours of violence. Penguin Books India, 1996 (selections).

Khan, Yasmin. "South Asia: From Colonial Categories to a Crisis of Faith?." The Blackwell Companion to Religion and Violence, The (2011): 367-378.

Kannabiran, Kalpana. "The Violence of normal times: Essays on women’s lived realities." Women Unlimited, New Delhi (2005) (selections).

Menon, Nivedita. "Sexuality, caste, governmentality: contests over ‘gender’ in India." Feminist Review 91, no. 1 (2009): 94-112.


Peer, Basharat. Curfewed night. Random House India, 2011.

Sundar, Nandini. "Insurgency, counter-insurgency, and democracy in central India." More than Maoism: Politics, policies and insurgencies in South Asia. New Delhi: Manohar Publishers (2012).

Akoijam, A. Bimol. "Another 9/11, another Act of Terror: the Embedded Disorder of the AFSPA." Sarai Reader 2005: Bare Acts (2005): 481-91.


Krishna, Sankaran. Postcolonial insecurities: India, Sri Lanka, and the question of nationhood. Vol. 15. U of Minnesota Press, 1999. (Chapter 1)

Chacko, Priya. "The new geo-economics of a “rising” India: state transformation and the recasting of foreign policy." Journal of Contemporary Asia 45, no. 2 (2015): 326-344.

Abraham, Itty. "From Bandung to NAM: Non-Alignment and Indian Foreign Policy, 1947–65." Commonwealth & Comparative Politics 46, no. 2 (2008): 195-219.


Varadarajan, Latha. The domestic abroad: Diasporas in international relations. Oxford University Press, 2010 (selections).

Krishna, Sankaran. "Queering the pitch: race, class, gender and nation in the Indo-Australian encounter." Postcolonial Studies 18, no. 2 (2015): 161-173.

Chakraborty, Chandrima. "Subaltern Studies, Bollywood and" Lagaan"." Economic and Political Weekly (2003): 1879-1884.

Mannathukkaren, Nissim. "Subalterns, Cricket and the 'Nation': The Silences of 'Lagaan'." Economic and Political Weekly (2001): 4580-4588.