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Reva Joshee

In: The SAGE Handbook of Education for Citizenship and Democracy

Chapter 13: Citizenship Education in India: From Colonial Subjugation to Radical Possibilities

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Citizenship Education in India: From Colonial Subjugation to Radical Possibilities
Citizenship education in india: From colonial subjugation to radical possibilities
RevaJoshee

Indian society includes deeply rooted traditions of education but citizenship education as we currently understand it was not part of the Indian tradition until the British colonial period. The British aimed to transmit a sense of loyalty and deference to Britain and the Empire and Indians were taught to be subjects rather than citizens. When the freedom struggle resulted in independence in 1947, Indians worked to replace teaching for subjugation with new curricula that would instill a sense of belonging and loyalty to independent India. The ‘new’ India was democratic, secular, and socialist and its leaders sought to create an informed nation who could also transform ...

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