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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 4: Rabindranath Tagore
Rabindranath Tagore (1861–1941) was not a political thinker in the strict sense of the term. Basically a literary figure having profound interest in the spheres of music, painting, poetry and related branches of literary creations, his social and political thoughts appeared to be the product of his insightful grasp of the burning issues of his times. To put it differently, the social and political ideas of Tagore did not seem to have come by way of any well-thought out long term perspective or theorisation on his part. His ...