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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To me The Intimate Enemy has been filled with experiences of disagreements and ambivalences. If he is right, I wonder what made India so passive. It furthers the University’s objective of excellence in research, scholarship, and education by publishing worldwide.

Apr 27, Jerry Jose rated it it was amazing. But the concepts and theories are good as to how we tend to think of the colonial rule in ‘their’ terms while the reason the Indian way survived was because we Gandhi etc were able to define the game in our terms.

Later he took a master’s degree in sociology. 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.

If each contradiction be set down as a lie and retailed at breakfast, life is not easy. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

The Intimate Enemy

Even though I don’t agree with a lot of things Mr Nandy has said, this is an exceptional account of the Indian colonial experience. Eventually, I might understand what he said through other sources and when I get back to some of the ideas in the books, I might understand them better or get them easily.

January Learn how and when to remove this template message. Retrieved 2 March He attacked the moral statement and civilizing mission of colonialism based on cultural superiority in their home ground-by declaring it evil through judgement via Christian values. A new Preface by the author, commemorates twenty-five years of the book being in print. It lacks accessibility, but once you power into it is rather fascinating. Retrieved 5 April dnemy Later, his family moved to Calcutta. Such fastidious arguments and estimations have provoked the reader of the text to be in rage.


Skip to main content. Nature doesn’t favor the passive? A deliberation of the magnitude that sometimes enrmy to have been assumed as a prori in Mr Nandy’s arguments was probably absent.

Interesting one to read and think about. While working there, he developed his own methodology by integrating clinical psychology and sociology.

It’s up to us whether to agree with the author or not, but we can anyways interpret the content in our own way and that is the beauty of academic-centric books like this. Feb 12, Sneha Yerra rated it really liked it.

The Intimate Enemy: Loss and Recovery of Self Under Colonialism

The Romance of the State Ashis Nandy. Deconstructing the psychology of colonialism, through the intimaate 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! As a clinical psychologist, Ashis Nandy has intiamte attempted to justify his chosen objective of the book.

Pandian has quoted in Brahmin and Non-Brahmin: Pritish Nandy and Manish Nandy brothers. Its sources lie deep in the minds of the rulers and the ruled. Abhilash Prabhakaran rated it liked it Jan 05, I severely underestimated the amount of time I’d have to read in grad school, but this was one for class.

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The Ramajanmabhumi Movement and Fear of the Self book review “. It is possible today to opt for a non-West which in itself is eemy construction of the West. But the concepts and theories are go This is a set of two essays.


Cohen and Krysten Connon. This is an eye-opening book – well-researched and still accessible to the general public.

Apr 06, Richard rated it liked it. Aug 14, Steph rated it it was amazing.

Meanwhile, he was invited by a number of universities and research institutions abroad to carry out research and to give them lectures. Lacking coherence deviates from his very objective of the arguments. Shivkumar rated it really liked it May 26, Feb 03, Vikas Lather rated it it was amazing Shelves: Why have many modern Indians shared this imperialist estimation? The book will appeal to general readers as well as students and scholars of sociology, history, psychology, and cultural studies.

Books by Ashis Nandy. Besides he awfully lacking while interpreting and understanding the limited data of the subject what he had chosen from the British India. We should bear in mind that the foreign British rulers ever nurtured Indians as good servants and forever wished to keep every one of them as a loyal servant to them; pathetically, colonial records of British-India refers that, in addition to the sexual maltreatment the women of India had too shared the same fate.

Krupa rated it it was ok Dec 27, In the second essay, author takes his psychoanalysis to the post-colonial view, of both India and the West. Language is academic and hence a little difficult to understand but once we get into it, we begin to unfold what the content is. Log In Sign Up.