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Modernity and Post-Coloniality-The Metropolis as Metaphor

Modernity and Post-Coloniality-The Metropolis as Metaphor

Modernity and Post-Coloniality The Metropolis as Metaphor Sanjay Srivastava Founded in 1935 and supported by a wide cross-section of Indian society, the Doon School has produced a very specific discourse on modernity anil citizenship, a discourse which has had wide currency in the (metropolitan) public sphere in India. The article suggests that the metropolis itself has functioned as a metaphor at the school and in Indian national discourse in general. The discussion explores the cultural, political and gender aspects of the metropolitan metaphor in the 'nation-building' discourse of the school Roads, Rubble, and Sites of Modernity THIS paper constitutes a pari of my wider interest in constructions of post -colonial civil society in India. The research locus of this study is a residential boys' school in the North Indian city of Dehradun in Uitar Pradesh. The moving spirit behind the foundation of the Doon School, established in 1935, was Satish Ranjan Das, Law member of the Viceroy's Executive Council, sometime treasurer of the Boy Scouts of Bengal and the Lodge of Good Fellowship, and a prominent member of the reformist' Brabmo Samaj in Bengal. I treat the School as a historically significant site for the production of a discourse on modernity and citizenship, and for the formulation and dissemination of the politico-cultural desideratum of the post-colonial nation- state ' The Doon School was to be the site where, as S R Das wrote to one ol his sons in 1927, "the problem of the nationality of Indians" would find its resolution, a place where they would learn to be citizens, and learn to come to grips with the demands of modernity.

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