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

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'A Nation Set in Stone'

Insight into the Politics of Statuary in Delhi (1950-65)

How was the narrative of the modern nation state being instituted in the city space of Delhi in the first two decades of Independence? A study of the Lok Sabha debates of that period helps in understanding the ways in which the city's space was being magined to portray the "nation". The sense of a new visual order was gradually being imposed on the old colonial one by changing the insignia around the same object without fundamentally altering the structure. Indeed, the transformations were somewhat chaotic and pulled in several directions at the same time. This paper attempts to trace these confusions and contradictions in the initial years of Independence.

I wish to acknowledge Rajarshi Dasgupta for his insightful comments on this paper.

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