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Incorporating regional events into the nationalist narrative: the life of Gurdit Singh and the Komagata Maru episode in postcolonial India

WithDarshan S. Tatla

This paper tries to capture the tension between the local or regional accounts and the new nationalist narrative in postcolonial India. The paper tries to show how the description of a complex life such as Gurdit Singh through the prism of ‘Indian nationalism’ alone carries the risk of making him one-dimensional skeleton, thereby distorting reality and proper context of a life that had a rich bearing of religious, cultural and regional influences.