- Subject index
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 8: Muhammad Iqbal
Muhammad Iqbal (1877–1938), like Rabindranath Tagore, was basically a poet whose forays in the domain of sociopolitical theorisation seemed to have been facilitated by his deep interest in and responses to the social and political happenings and movements in the country and abroad. However, barring this incidental affinity between the personalities of the two poet-philosophers, the core of their socio-political thoughts appears to be diametrically opposite. For instance, while both began their philosophical pilgrimage with singing paeans in the honour of Mother India, very soon the trajectory of their perspectives on nationalism took such an amazing turn ...