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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 14: Nature and Processes of Indian Freedom Struggle
The nature and processes of the Indian national movement were extremely complex. For instance, there was a time in the national movement when its pioneers did not seem inclined toward seeking complete withdrawal of the British from India. Instead, they confined the sphere of the national movement to only seeking marginal concessions in certain domains of Indian administration. However, with the partition of Bengal acting as a catalyst, the first ...