Breaking with the tradition, Ashis Nandy explores the ways in which colonialism damaged the colonizing societies themselves, and how the. policies on a Procrustean bed can be dangerously deceptive, by pinning a particular label on an author, his total contribution to the subject is under- mined and. ASHIS NANDY: The intimate enemy: loss and recovery of self under colonialism. Delhi: Oxford University Press, pp. Rs Ashis Nandy’s Intimate.

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Refresh and try again. But the concepts and theories are good thee to how we tend to think of the colonial rule in ‘their’ terms while the reason the Indian way survived was because we Gandhi etc were able to define the game in our terms. Rich People’s Movements Isaac Martin.

Exploring the myths, fantasies and psychological defenses that went into the colonial culture, particularly the polarities that shaped the colonial theory nzndy progress, Nandy describes the Indian experience and shows how the Indians broke with traditional norms of Western culture to protect their vision of an alternative future.

The intimate enemy: loss and recovery of self under colonialism

The book has contained nearly pages and classified into two major parts excluding the preface and an elaborated postscript which has been written nearly twenty five years after.

A deliberation of the magnitude that sometimes seems to have been assumed as a prori in Mr Nandy’s arguments was probably absent.

Language is academic and hence a little difficult to understand but once we get into it, we begin to unfold what the content is.

Nandy writes explicitly about colonialism and post-colonialism in British India, but his analysis can tell us a great deal about power relations in the world today.


Erin Rebecca rated it it was amazing Mar 31, As a clinical psychologist, Ashis Nandy has hardly attempted to justify his chosen objective of the book. To me The Intimate Enemy has been filled with experiences of disagreements and ambivalences.

Not sure I understood everything being said, but you intimat get an idea as you read further into it. Breaking with the tradition, Ashis Nandy explores the ways in which colonialism damaged the colonizing societies themselves, and how the likes of Gandhi resisted their rulers in British India by building on the lifestyle, values, and psychology of ordinary Indians and by heeding dissenting voices from the West.

The intimate enemy: loss and recovery of self under colonialism

Instantaneously Nandy have forced the readers to believe that as if only because of the qualities of Indianess the whites have lost their benevolent, pure and rich cultured life of urbanized self identity in Europe. It furthers the University’s objective of excellence in research, scholarship, and education by publishing worldwide.

This study contends aahis modern colonialism is successful not only because the ruling country subjugates through superior technical and economic resources, but also because the rulers propagate cultural subservience of the subject people. Genealogies of the Tamil Political Present that: It lacks accessibility, but once you power into it is eneky fascinating. To justify his argument Nandy has dealt with two random examples of memoirs which has chosen from British India and related to the chronicles of Rudyard Kipling and Aurobindo Ackroyd Ghose.

Apr 06, Richard rated it liked it. Academic Skip to main content. The Psychology of Colonialism: Apr 27, Jerry Jose rated it it was amazing.

The book somehow has given new dimensional of mixed thinking nanyd writing of an emerging interdisciplinary. To most of the finest critical minds of West, Colonialism was a necessary evil, the first portal towards a more even homogenized world.


If it not why? Such fastidious arguments and estimations have provoked the reader of the text to be in rage. To ask other readers questions about The Intimate Enemyplease sign up.

So much to take in, great stuff. Shivam Gupta rated it it was amazing Jan 18, Irrelevant to his own claim Nandy faintly records the worst exploitation of British rulers of India that: One basic question I’d ask is.

Its sources lie deep in the minds of the rulers and the ruled. I could probably read this book ten times and still find something new on the 11th try Though pluralities of ideologies are always accommodated, this split is in present continuous tense and when everything material fails people retracts to the spiritual self for answers. Krupa rated it it was ok Dec 27, Nileena MS rated it it was ok Oct 30, Modern oppression, he argues, as opposed to traditional oppression is not a battle between the self and the enemy, or the oppressor and the revolutionaries, or the god and the demons.

One of the arguments where I have found grave contradiction in The Intimate Enemy is during the early colonial period, Ashis referred that, the British rulers of India came alone from the English feudal families and not from the middle class among whom many of them were by in their nature sadists and racist.