Tagore’s Nationalism—And Premchand’s: A Complementary Comparison

  • Harish Trivedi


Tagore’s resolute opposition to nationalism is widely known but it is not often acknowledged that in contrast, most of his contemporary writers in the Indian languages were passionate supporters of Gandhi and the Indian national struggle for freedom. This is illustrated here through referencing the life and works of Premchand, who was as eminent a writer in Hindi as Tagore was in Bengali and who found Tagore’s writings a little too emotional and ‘feminine’ for his liking.


Ethical politics Gandhian nationalism Tagore’s contemporary writers Effeminacy in literature Bengali and Hindi  


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of EnglishUniversity of DelhiDelhiIndia

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