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Think the patriotic camaraderie of nationwide day parades. How the most important is functionality for the sustenance of the country? The functionality of Nationalism considers the formation of the Indian and Pakistani state, within the wake of the main violent bankruptcy of its heritage: the partition of the subcontinent. within the method, Jisha Menon bargains a clean research of nationalism from the point of view of functionality. Menon recuperates the manifold valences of "mimesis" as aesthetic illustration, because the structure of a group of witnesses, and because the mimetic relationality that underlies the come across among India and Pakistan. the actual performances thought of the following diversity from Wagah border ceremonies, to the partition theatre of Asghar Wajahat, Kirti Jain, M. ok. Raina, and the cinema of Ritwik Ghatak and M. S. Sathyu. by way of pointing to the tropes of twins, doubles, and doppelgangers that suffuse those performances, this learn issues the belief of 2 insular, self sufficient realms of India and Pakistan. within the method, Menon recovers mimetic modes of pondering that unsettle the reified different types of id politics.

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