Nationalising Ruins: Contested Identities of the Ruins of Gour and Pandua

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Late19th-early 20th century Bengal witnessed a
renewed interest on behalf of Bengali scholars,
to engage with the ruins of Gour and Pandua,
from what has on retrospect been regarded as
a Nationalist perspective. These nationalist
narratives were however communally pluralised
in correspondence to the religiously informed
politics of the period. Gour-Pandua soon became
a site of communal contestation on account of
its multiple pre-colonial identities: that of a
Hindu capital till the reign of Lakshmanasena
and of a Muslim capital thereafter. This paper
intends to analyse the multiple imaginations such
accounts develop, viewing the ruins as a site for
legitimisation of Hindu and Muslim nationalist
sentiments and delegitimisation of colonial rule.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)55-82
Number of pages28
JournalPresidency Historical Review
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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