Alternate Histories

  title={Alternate Histories},
  author={Sukumar Muralidharan},
  journal={History and Sociology of South Asia},
  pages={119 - 138}
  • S. Muralidharan
  • Published 1 July 2014
  • History
  • History and Sociology of South Asia
The past is never dead. It is not even past—William Faulkner This article reviews recent literature on the accession of the princely state of Hyderabad to the Indian union in 1948, in the context of events that have raised the temperature of communal confrontation in the region. Scholarship on nation formation has drawn attention to the role that the act of remembering only to forget, plays in cementing a sense of nationalist solidarity. By that criterion, the accession of Hyderabad presents a…