This book gives a detailed political analysis of nationbuilding
processes and how these are closely linked to statebuilding and to
issues of war crime, gender and sexuality, and marginalization of
minority groups. With a focus on the Indian subcontinent, the
author demonstrates how the state itself is involved in the
construction of a gendered identity, and how control of women and
their sexuality is central to the nationbuilding project. She
applies a critical feminist approach to two major conflicts in the
Indian subcontinent - the Partition of India in 1947 and the
Liberation War of Bangladesh in 1971 - and offers suggestions for
addressing historical injustices and war crimes in the context of
modern Bangladesh. Addressing how the social and political elites
were able to construct and legitimize a history of the state that
ignored these issues, the author suggests a critical re-examination
of the national narrative of the creation of Bangladesh which takes
into account the rise of Islamic rights and their alleged
involvement in war crimes. Looking at the impact that notions of
nation-state and nationalism have on women from a critical feminist
perspective, the book will be an important addition to the
literature on gender studies, international relations and South
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