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Le Tiers-Monde postcolonial

Maurice Demers
Patrick Dramé

Quatrième partie. Redéfinition à partir des marges

Chapitre 9. Sikh women experience and narrative during violent events in India

María Fernanda Vázquez Vela

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As Prasenjit Duara states, “decolonization represented not only the transference of legal sovereignty, but a movement for moral justice and political solidarity against imperialism”1. Within less than two decades, from 1947 to 1960, European colonies in Africa and Asia vanished, and new nations appeared. There was an urge in many recently created nation-states to get rid of the colonizer, its institutions and its ways of governing. At the same time, there was a wish to construct nations based on sovereignty, humanistic ideals, modern citizenship in a democratic arena, and to come to terms with an impoverished society inserted in a competitive international world2. However, more than just intention was needed to leave behind administrative structures, political language, legal practices, deep-rooted inequalities, educational structures and a specific mindset. Some of these legacies, such as the dominant view of Indian society in terms of religion and caste, were undesirable, but they...


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