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Building HistoriesThe Archival and Affective Lives of Five Monuments in Modern Delhi$
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Mrinalini Rajagopalan

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780226283470

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226331898.001.0001

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A Menacing Mosque Reveals the Limits of Colonial Power

A Menacing Mosque Reveals the Limits of Colonial Power

(p.89) A Menacing Mosque Reveals the Limits of Colonial Power
Building Histories

Mrinalini Rajagopalan

University of Chicago Press

Starting in the 1930s the Jama Masjid was frequently coopted for anti-colonial demonstrations. As one of the few spaces in the city outside of British surveillance, the courtyard of the mosque brought together Hindus and Muslims united in their struggle for self-determination. This chapter looks at the enduring history of the Jama Masjid as a space and symbol of Indian nationalism and traces the anxious responses of the colonial government to such unexpected appropriations.

Keywords:   Jama Masjid, colonial surveillance, Indian nationalism, satyagraha, Maulana Abul Kalam Azad, civil disobedience

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