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In contrast to the existing literature on the subject, this book carries a context-driven conceptualization of the major strands of political thought that emerged in India in the past two centuries. It focuses on India's peculiar socio-political processes under colonialism that influenced the evolution of such thoughts. The distinguishing feature of this book is its linking of the text of Indian political thought with the context. In doing so, it challenges the ethno-centric interpretation of nationalism that despite its roots in western Enlightenment, evolved differently because of the context in which it was articulated.
Chapter 11: Subhas Chandra Bose
Subhas Chandra Bose (1897–?) was a nationalist par excellence. His primary aim was to win freedom from the British rule. Appreciative of militant means as opposed to Gandhian nonviolence, Bose pursued a different line of political thinking which ran counter to his colleagues in the Congress. It was Bose who not only challenged the central and regional Gandhian leadership most successfully, but also provided a broad platform for many of those who held position opposed to Gandhi and Gandhism. The Indian National Army (INA) connection and ‘the springing tiger’ image of Bose are well-known; ...