Epigraph: Lamming, ‘‘The House of Reconcilia-
1 I use the term ‘‘Third World’’ with some reserva-
tions, aware that it no longer carries either the
(negative) critique of neocolonialist underdevel-
opment or the (positive) nationalist burden of
forging solidarities based on our common ex-
perience of colonialism and our common strug-
gles for self-determination and sovereignty. For
my purposes, ‘‘Third World’’ refers to a loca-
tion formed by the Non-Aligned Movement and
the Bandung project, along with its subsequent
failures, and to describe a postcolonial politi-
cal subject—formed by Marxisms and national-
isms of various kinds—who has had to address
herself or himself in recent years to questions
of caste, race, community, and gender that had
not (indeed, could not have) figured centrally in
the decolonization debates and that today throw
seriously into question the modernizing projects
of elite nationalism. For a stimulating discus-
sion of the politics of using Western and Third
World, Northern and Southern, and now One-
Third World and Two-Third World, see Mohanty,
Feminism without Borders, 221–51.
2 Fordiscussionsandbackgroundoftheanti-Man-
dal agitation, see, for example, Sonpar, ‘‘Caste
Centre for the Study of Culture and Society at
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