Performing Peace: Gandhi's assassination as a critical moment in the consolidation of the Nehruvian state

  title={Performing Peace: Gandhi's assassination as a critical moment in the consolidation of the Nehruvian state},
  author={Yasmin Khan},
  journal={Modern Asian Studies},
  pages={57 - 80}
  • Y. Khan
  • Published 1 January 2011
  • Political Science
  • Modern Asian Studies
Abstract The consolidation of the Nehruvian state's sovereignty after Independence is traced here as a contingent event which was tightly linked to the impact of Gandhi's assassination and the mourning rituals which followed his death in 1948. The Congress was able to use the funeral, mortuary rituals and distribution of Gandhi's ashes to assert the power of the state and to stake the Congress Party's right to sovereignty. This intersected with localized and religious expressions of grief… 

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