Open Access Thesis
In this thesis, I analyze the rhetoric circulating during the 1977-78 textbook controversy debates and further probe into the politics of religion and identity in post-Independence India. I discuss the subsequent issues that have emerged due to a deeply divided and disputed historical narrative about who Indians are (and who they should be) as well as how Hindus and Muslims have internalized their identities. Further, I analyze Rajya Sabha debates from 1977-78 to trace the ideograph as it moves through Indian political discourse and discuss its implications for Indian multiculturalism and communal coexistence.
Year of Submission
Master of Arts
Department of Communication and Media
Catherine H. Palczewski, Chair, Thesis Committee
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Singh, Shreya, "The beef debate: Religion, history, and harmony in India" (2021). Dissertations and Theses @ UNI. 1117.