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Indian National Character in the Twentieth Century
The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science
Vol. 370, National Character in the Perspective of the Social Sciences (Mar., 1967), pp. 124-132
Published by: Sage Publications, Inc. in association with the American Academy of Political and Social Science
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1038058
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Indian national character in the twentieth century is here examined in the historical context of long political subjugation, the value system, the social structure, and the socialization process. Of particular importance was the experience of conquest first under the Muslims, then under the British. The collective "inferiority complex" generated in these historical circumstances is confirmed and reinforced by some features of family and caste. Salient traits of Indian character which have resulted have included absence of commitment, a peculiar identification with the mother, a peculiar attitude toward authority, and various contradictions in the Indian personality.
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