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The Food Question

away from both the 'orientalist' discourse and that Hindu traditionalism which fell in step with the orientalists. This is why it seems to me that Bhabha's thesis of 'hybridism' may not be very helpful in understanding the new perception worked out of indigenous sources that Rammohan represents. Rammohan's anti-'Sati' writings also show that while looking for points of alliance with Enlightenment rationalism and its revolutionary outcome, Rammohan's programme for the reform of Hindu society was based on a logical structure that was genuinely indigenous. At least it develops a relative autonomy vis-a-vis the colonist discourse. The rupture that he is able to create in the official perception of women comes from this and not from his adoption of a westernised, elitist position as suggested by some scholars.

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