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Gandhinagar: Building National Identity in Postcolonial India

Kalia, Ravi

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ISBN 10: 157003544X / ISBN 13: 9781570035449
Published by University of South Carolina Pre, 2004
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Title: Gandhinagar: Building National Identity in ...

Publisher: University of South Carolina Pre

Publication Date: 2004

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Good

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Kalia (history, City College of the City U. of New York) having already written on two of the new capital cities erected by independent India, turns his attention to the third and last of the planned capitals, Gandhinagar, the capital of the state of Gujarat. As in the others, he explores how the reactions to the imported architectural modernism of American Louis Khan was often a reflection of differing views of the meaning of independent India. Similarly, the outcome of battles over the city plan and the buildings of the capital complex, reflected the political balances of power in the state and in the nation. Annotation 2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

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"Three hundred million Indians now live in towns, many of which were founded after 1947. With the publication of Gandhinagar: Building National Identity in Postcolonial India, Ravi Kalia has produced a trio of highly relevant studies of the politics and ideology that shaped these novel urban environments."—Sumit Guha, Department of History, Rutgers University, and author of Health and Population in South Asia: From Earliest Times to the Present

"Ravi Kalia’s new study of Gandhinagar completes his series of studies of India’s new capitals. Like his earlier studies of Chandigarh and Bhubaneswar, this book is thoroughly researched and clearly written. It will be an invaluable resource for students of modern Indian architecture and offers fresh insights into the troubled recent history of Gujarat."—Thomas R. Metcalf, professor emeritus, Department of History, University of California, Berkeley, and author of An Imperial Vision: Indian Architecture and Britain’s Raj

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