Modern Indian Political Thought : Text and Context

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  • Copyright: 2009-10-06
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This book is essential reading for undergraduate students of political science.The salient features of the book are:" In contrast to the existing literature on the subject, it carries a context-driven conceptualisation 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." It incorporates new ideas and issues that have been articulated, but not as extensively, in contemporary works on Indian nationalist thought and movement." It discusses the development and articulation of political thought by leaders like Gandhi, Tagore, Ambedkar, JP, Nehru and Lohia." It covers the Indian freedom struggle in detail.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.

Author Biography

Bidyut Chakrabarty is Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Delhi, Delhi. Rajendra Kumar Pandey is Assistant Professor (Human Rights) in the Faculty of Islamic Studies and Social Sciences at Jamia Hamdard, New Delhi. He is also associated with the Institute of Life Long Learning, University of Delhi, South Campus, Delhi.

Table of Contents

Revisiting the Texts
Early Nationalist Responses
Contour of the Early Nationalist Responses
Socio-Political Thought of Ram Mohan Roy
Bankim as a Nationalist Thinker Socio-Political Ideas of Dayananda Saraswati
Jyotirao Phule: Unique Socio-Political Ideas
Assessment of the Early Nationalist Responses
Moderates and Extremists
Defining Moderates and Extremists
The 1907 Surat Split
Concluding Observations
Mahatma Gandhi
The Basic Precepts
Conceptualising Swaraj
Concluding Observations
Rabindranath Tagore
A Life in Creative Unity
Main Strands of Political Thought of Tagore
True Freedom
Critique of Gandhi
Concluding Observations
B R Ambedkar
A Life for the Cause of Untouchables
Castes and Untouchability in Hindu society
Annihilation of Caste
Gandhi-Ambedkar Debate
Political Thoughts of Ambedkar
Rights of the People
Constitutional Democracy
Social Justice
Concluding Observations
Jayaprakash Narayan
A Life of Ideological Turbulence
Transition from Marxism to Sarvodaya
Plan for Reconstruction of Indian Polity
Methods of Realizing the Sarvodaya Order
Total Revolution
Concluding Observations
Jawaharlal Nehru
The Pragmatic Thinker
Structure of Governance: Nehruvian inputs
Planning for Development
The Dilemma of a Democrat
Internationalist Jawaharlal Nehru
Concluding Observations
Muhammad Iqbal
A Life in Complete Turnaround
Political Ideas of Iqbal
Views on Nationalism
Ideas on Pakistan
Concluding Observations
M N Roy
From Marxism to Radical Humanism
Critique of Gandhian Thought and Action
Radical Humanism
Concluding Observations
Ram Manohar Lohia
A Life in Indigenous Evolution
Main Currents of Lohia's Political and Social Thought
Political Thought of Lohia
Critique of Western Ideologies
New Socialism
Model of Political system for India
Social Thoughts of Lohia
Lohia as an Internationalist
Concluding Observations
Subhas Chandra Bose
His Early Background
Bose's Political ideology
Bose and Hindu Orthodoxy
Concluding Observations
V D Savarkar
A Life for the Hindu Cause
Savarkar's Nationalist Interpretation of Indian History
Social Thoughts of Savarkar
Savarkar's Views on Hindutva
Concluding Observations
Pandita Ramabai
A Life in Pilgrimage for the Cause of Women
Aspects of Feminist Thoughts of Ramabai
Institutional Pursuits for Women's Emancipation
Concluding Observations
Context and Contextual Influences Re-Examined
Nature and Processes of Indian Freedom Struggle
The Revolt of 1857
The Non-cooperation Movement (1919-22), Civil Disobedience Movement (1930-32) and Quit India Movement (1942)
The Indian National Army and the Axis Powers, 1941-45
Indian Naval Uprising
Landmarks in Constitutional Development During British Rule: A Historical Perspective
Acts and Reforms: Morley-Minto and Montague-Chelmsford Reforms
The Simon Commission
The Government of India Act 1935
The Cripps Mission
Concluding Observations
Socio-economic Dimensions of the Nationalist Movement
The Communal Question and Partition
Backward Castes Movements
Dalit Movements
Tribal Movements
Women's Movements
Civil Rights Movements
Trade Union Movements
Peasant Movements
Linguistic Movements
Culmination of the British Rule and the Making of India's Constitution
The 3 June Plan and India Independence Act, 1947
The Constituent Assembly and the Making of the Constitution
Salient Features of the Constitution
Concluding Observations
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