Focusing on the Hindustan Socialist Republican Army (HSRA), A Revolutionary History delivers a fresh perspective on the ambitions, ideologies and practices of this influential organization, formed by Chandrashekhar Azad and Bhagat Singh and inspired by transnational anti-imperial dissent. It is a new interpretation of the activities and political impact of the north Indian revolutionaries who advocated the use of political violence against the British.
Kama Maclean contends that the actions of these revolutionaries had a direct impact on Congress politics and tested its policy of non- violence. In doing so she draws on visual culture studies, demonstrating the efficacy of imagery in constructing as opposed to merely illustrating 00 historical narratives. Maclean analyses visual evidence alongside recently declassified government files, memoirs and interviews to elaborate on the complex relationships between the Congress and the HSRA, which were far less antagonistic than is frequently imagined.
|Publisher:||Oxford University Press|
|Edition description:||New Edition|
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About the Author
Kama Maclean is Associate Professor of South Asian and World History at UNSW in Sydney, and Editor of South Asia. Her book, Pilgrimage and Power, was awarded an honorable mention in the Ananda Coomaraswamy Prize (2009).
Table of Contents
Table of Contents
1. Introduction: Violence and Anticolonialism in India
The Revolutionaries of the Hindustan Socialist Republican Army: Histories, Actions, Activists
2. Of History and Legend: Revolutionary Actions in North India, 1928-31
3. That Hat: Infamy, Strategy and Social Communication
4. The Revolutionary Unknown: The Secret Life of Durga Devi Vohra
Porous Politics: The Congress and the Revolutionaries
5. Intermediaries, the Revolutionaries and the Congress
6. The Revolutionary Picture: Images and the Dynamics of Anticolonialism
7. 'Gandhi and Balraj': From Dominion Status to Complete Independence
The Aftermath: Gandhism and the Challenge of Revolutionary Violence
8. The Karachi Congress, 1931
9. Controlling Political Violence: the Government, the Congress and the HSRA
Epilogue: Congress and the Revolutionaries, 1937-1946
Conclusion: The Dynamics of Anticolonial Violence
Appendix: The Martyr's Conference in Paradise