Debating Nationalism: Aurobindo, Gandhi, Pal, Tagore and Savarkar
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About the Book :
This book deals with how Nationalism was debated in the early decades of the twentieth century India. The book focuses on the five texts of five nationalist thinkers written during the period of 1905 to 1923 and chronologically, these are: Sri Aurobindo's Bhawani Mandir (1905), Gandhi's Hind Swaraj (1909), Bipin Chandra Pal's The Spirit of Indian Nationalism (1910); Rabindranath Tagore's Nationalism (1917) and Vinayak Damodar Savarkar's Essentials of Hindutva (1923).
The study shows that the themes that most prominently come up in these texts are: a particular essential nature of India in contrast to colonial Britain, notion of typical nature of Indian civilization, idea of nation as well as idea of India, and specific methods needed for solidarity among Indians. All these nationalist thinkers viewed these themes in their own fashion. Although, there were similarities among them on these issues, however underneath the treatment of these themes, there also exist serious differences in their thinking. These differences form multiple discourses. These discourses are not only the matter of past but they also provide substantial lessons for our present.
About Author :
Anil Dutta Mishra (b. 1965) started his career as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Non-violence and Peace Studies, Jain Vishva Bharati University, Ladnun, Rajasthan. His area of specialization includes Public Administration, Grass Root Politics, Gender Issues, Ecology and Human Rights. Besides a number of research papers in leading professional journals, he has to his credit 16 books including Problems and Prospects of Working Women in Urban India (1994); Fundamentals of Gandhism (1995); Gandhian Approach to Contemporary Problems (1996); Decentralized Planning in India : A Study of Objectives and Operational Framework (1999); Gender Perspectives : Participation, Empowerment and Development (1999); Perspectives on Human Rights (2002); Rediscovering Gandhi (2002); Patterns of Gender Violence (2002); Challenges of Twenty First Century and Gandhian Alternative (2003); India and Canada; Past, Present and Future (2003); Public Governance and Decentralization : Essays in Honour of T.N. Chaturvedi (2003); Gandhian Alternative to Contemporary Problems (2004); Globalization Myth and Reality (2004); Gandhian Alternative, Vol. III, Socio-Political Thought (2005); Inspiring Thoughts of Mahatma Gandhi (2008); and Terrorism : A Global Challenge (2009).
Prem Anand Mishra teaches at Faculty of Gandhian Studies, Gujarat Vidyapith, Ahmedabad. He is the author of Hind Swaraj: A Deconstructive Reading (2012), Peace Research: Issues and Application (2015), Gandhian Humanism in the Twenty first Century (2015), Position: Gandhi's Intervention in Contemporary Discourse (2017), and Co-author of Debating Nationalism (2018). He has also contributed to the renowned Journal Gandhi Marg, Journal of Gandhian Studies and The Indian Journal of Political Science.