Specters of Mother India: The Global Restructuring of an Empire (Radical Perspectives)
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Sinha provides a rich historical narrative of the controversy surrounding Mother India, from the bookâs publication through the passage in India of the Child Marriage Restraint Act in the closing months of 1929. She traces the unexpected trajectory of the controversy as critics acknowledged many of the bookâs facts only to overturn its central premise. Where Mayo located blame for Indiaâs social backwardness within the beliefs and practices of Hinduism, the critics laid it at the feet of the colonial state, which they charged with impeding necessary social reforms. As Sinha shows, the controversy became a catalyst for some far-reaching changes, including a reconfiguration of the relationship between the political and social spheres in colonial India and the coalescence of a collective identity for women.