Africa and Asian Solidarity

In a new review available at JCA, Silvia Tieri of the Institute of South Asian Studies, National University of Singapore, writes about a republication of a book that was previously only available in India.

Africa in the Indian Imagination: Race and the Politics of Postcolonial Citation by Antoinette Burton was published by Duke University Press in 2016.

Tieri is enthused by a book that is “a work of demystification, aimed at identifying and analysing the untold, the unsettling and the uncomfortable concealed under the officialdom of political narratives.” It is a work that examines the “ideals of friendship and partnership among post-colonial nations were epitomised at the Bandung Conference…”. Burton uses a set of novels and journalist’s accounts to provide alternative perspectives on the relationship between India and Africa, Indians and Africans.

Tieri concludes that the book is useful for a broad audience:

Burton’s critique is a powerful admonition against simplistic and celebratory narratives of South-South co-operation, including our understanding of current phenomena including India’s activity in Africa and the emergence of post-colonial Asian states as world powers.

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