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A Joint EnterpriseIndian Elites and the Making of British Bombay$
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Preeti Chopra

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780816670369

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816670369.001.0001

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An Unforeseen Landscape of Contradictions

An Unforeseen Landscape of Contradictions

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A Joint Enterprise

Preeti Chopra

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter examines colonial Bombay's public institutions at the turn of the twentieth century, where class made its appearance as a new category of differentiation between groups. Despite the divisions in the public realm, the shared spaces helped in the construction of an “Indian” identity in contrast to Europeans who had their own institutions. At the turn of the century, attempts influenced by the spirit of “nationalism” tried to bring advanced scientific education and control of public institutions to Indians. By the early twentieth century, new medical and scientific institutions supported by native philanthropy sought to exclude European expertise. At the turn of the century, the old joint enterprise between the colonial government and native elite was on the wane. An unexpected outcome of the joint enterprise was that native philanthropy would increasingly be applied toward the nurture of native expertise.

Keywords:   colonial Bombay, public institutions, social class, Indians, nationalism, joint enterprise, native philanthropy

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