Breaking with the tradition, Ashis Nandy explores the ways in which colonialism damaged the colonizing societies themselves, and how the. ASHIS NANDY: The intimate enemy: loss and recovery of self under colonialism. Delhi: Oxford University Press, pp. Rs Ashis Nandy’s Intimate. policies on a Procrustean bed can be dangerously deceptive, by pinning a particular label on an author, his total contribution to the subject is under- mined and.

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One of the arguments where I have found grave contradiction in The Intimate Enemy is during the early colonial period, Ashis referred that, the British rulers of India came alone from the English feudal families and not from the middle class among whom many of them were by in their nature sadists and racist.

Andrews and Rollo May, but he has essentially lacked in needs of data for the possible arguments what actually Nandy intended to do it, especially about colonial south Indian history. Jul 26, Vaidya rated it really liked it Shelves: In addition to the above, Nandy has offered an original historical profile of India’s commercial cinema as well eemy critiques of state and violence.

Loss and Recovery of Self under Colonialism.

The Intimate Enemy – Ashis Nandy – Oxford University Press

Skip to ashos content. The Herald of India. Or the humans defined and made the world so? Anuj rated it it was amazing Jan 27, It’s up to us whether to agree with the author or not, but we can anyways interpret the intimste in our own way and that is the beauty of academic-centric books like this. Towards later years, British began to ascribe salvatory meanings to Colonial domination and Indians began to see their progress in becoming more like the British, in friendship or enmity.


Divergent to the claim of Nandy the pages of British Indian history, devoid of any distinction, from which might be in the earlier or later part of colonial India, has filled with the ashi racial arrogance of the whites. But I am a product of the Bengali Christian family and culture. Nandy’s mother was a teacher at La Martiniere SchoolCalcutta and subsequently became the school’s first Indian vice principal.

Deconstructing the psychology of colonialism, through the eyes of gender definitions negation of the androgynous or feminineresistances to it within and without the framework of the west and how the colonizer and the colonized both become a victim of it!

And this is where Gandhi stands as an original critique to modernity. It is possible today to opt for a non-West which in itself is a construction of the West.

Mar 16, Harshvardhan rated it it was amazing. The positive point of the book is which has introduced too many new technical words to the common rnemy, for instance we could cite: They too had the fear of Indian Gods and Goddess. Certain non-coherence and multiple dissimilar arguments have kept the readers awfully in a state of confusion.

The Intimate Enemy

Mr Nandy has analyzed Indian personalities in great detail and offers insights from their personal lives to explain how an individual deals under power, defeat; more importantly he exhibits how a colonial experience transforms perspectives fundamentally. For me, the essays exposed some of doubts on the role of power in definition of ethics, which I had arrived to some convenient answers at.

It is an absolutely clean state. Nandy argues that the understanding of self is intertwined with those of race, class, and religion under colonialism, and that the Gandhian movement can be understood in part as an attempt to transcend a strong tendency of wshis Indians to articulate intimaet striving for independence in European terms.


Sriti rated it liked it Jun 18, Return to Book Page. No trivia or quizzes yet. A trained clinical psychologistNandy has provided theoretical critiques of European colonialismdevelopment, modernity, secularism, Hindutvascience, technology, nuclearismcosmopolitanism, and utopia.

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This is an eye-opening asgis – well-researched and still accessible to the general public. Nandy was born in a Bengali Christian family [5] [6] at BhagalpurBihar, in When I have completed the reading of the book, for which I took eight hours which kept me vacuum jandy other few days, then headed me towards few questions related to the objectives, narration and coherence of the work in which my questions are whether the book has chiefly been confined within the proposed objectives and its frame work?

Open Preview See a Problem? While a professed non-believer, Nandy identifies with the Bengali Christian community. Nandy has failed while explaining multiple arguments in a manifold protracted chapter, which have simply led to the lacking of lucidity and logic of the subject. Modern oppression, he argues, as opposed to traditional oppression is not a battle between the self and the enemy, or the oppressor and the revolutionaries, or the god and the demons. Paperbackpages.