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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 6: Jayaprakash Narayan
As a political thinker, Jayaprakash Narayan (1902–79), popularly called JP, seemingly represented one of the two discernible traditions underpinning the whole body of political thought in India. As such, one tradition of political thinking in the country may be said to have the unique distinction of invariably keeping almost perfect ideological consistency in the thought process of the thinker at various stages of his life which, on the flip side, might also be called the conservatism of the thinker. Nevertheless, this tradition ...