ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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 community for no such needs existed in the overall political and economic Lane. It seems obvious to us that the reality of the last hundred years as also of today could not be dual, It could not be that Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs and Christians were one nation as well as being separate nations according to their religions. For that reason both nationalism and communalism could not be equally valid or correct representations of the abjective reality. This does not mean of course!, that so cial and economic tensions did not prevail among the people or that these divisions did not find reflection in politics. But it does mean that communalism was neither a valid reflection of the Indian struggle against imperialism nor of the social and economic tensions of Indian society. It was and is a red herring thrown across the analytical understanding of the politics of Indian nationalism and, from a more limited point of view, of analytical history.

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