Postcolonialism and the study of Indology in India: A Reading of Selected Works of K. K. Handiqui
Postcolonialism as a field of studies has not only evolved as a mean to understand the process of control and exploitation of colonizers, but it has also posited counter-readings to the existing colonial discourse that has long dominated the colonized mind. Postcolonial counterreadings operate through various means and agencies such as myths, legends, language, history, science, mathematics, culture, art etc. The primary task of such postcolonial counter-readings is to posit a kind of resistance and an anti-imperial stance to ideological constructs that colonialism has offered. This article looks at this kind of anti-imperial stance in the field of Indology in India. It hypothesizes that Indological research can also be considered an important genre in postcolonial studies as it posits an anti-imperial stance to the existing colonial discourses. In connection to this, a notable body of scholarship by K. K. Handiqui, an eminent Indologist of twentieth century Assam, India proves to be a significant area of study and research where elements of postcolonialism can be traced.
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