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Citizenship in a Caste Polity: Religion, Language and Belonging in Goa
Jason Keith Fernandes
Price
1075.00
ISBN
9789352879946
Language
English
Pages
380
Format
Hardback
Dimensions
140 x 216 mm
Year of Publishing
2020
Territorial Rights
World
Imprint
Orient Blackswan

In the mid-1980s, Goa witnessed mass demonstrations, violent protests and political mobilising, following which Konkani was declared the official language of the Goan territory. However, Konkani was recognised only in the Devanagari script, one of two scripts used for the language in Goa, the other being the Roman script. Set against this historical background, Citizenship in a Caste Polity: Religion, Language and Belonging in Goa studies the contestations around the demand that the Roman script also be officially recognised and given equal status.

Based on meetings and interviews with individuals involved in this mobilisation, the author explores the interconnected themes of language, citizenship and identity, showing how, by deliberately excluding the Roman script, the largely lower-caste and lower-class Catholic users of this script were denoted as less-than-authentic members of civil society.

As citizens of a former Portuguese territory, the Goan Catholics’ experience of Indian citizenship does not fall entirely within the framework of British Indian history. This allows for a construction of the post-colonial Indian experience from outside of the British Indian framework, and its focus on Catholics enables a more nuanced study of Indian secularism, while also studying a group that has remained largely underrepresented in research.

Jason Keith Fernandes is Researcher, Centre for Research in Anthropology (CRIA), ISCTE, University Institute of Lisbon, Lisbon, Portugal.

List of Abbreviations
Acknowledgements
Glossary
Note on Transliteration

Introduction

1. Studying Citizenship in India

2. Konkani and its Political History: An Anthropological Approach

3. The Konkani Munis

4. Between Civil and Political Society: The Citizenship Experiences of the Goan Catholics

5. Humiliation in Political Society

Conclusion

Bibliography
Index

1. The Suppression of Romi Konkani and the shaming of a people - Joao-Roque Literary Journal est. 2017-min
2. Your script over mine | Sunday Midday, 6 September 2020.
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