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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. 

Context and Contextual Influences Re-Examined
Context and contextual influences re-examined

Methodologically underlining the marked departure from the conventional writings on the subject, this section of the book seeks to comprehensively unravel the context in which the texts were articulated. As has been emphasised earlier, the peculiar unfolding of Indian political thought as an antidote to colonialism and colonial power is attributed to the dialectics between texts and context. This is probably due to the fact that major trends in the Indian political thought evolved in a context which epitomised both indigenous and exogenous influences. The changing nature of the context is reflected in the text. It is not, therefore, surprising that revolutionary terrorism that critically influenced the Indian nationalist movement at the outset almost ...

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