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Rethinking Tagore on the Antinomies of Nationalism

  • Sabyasachi Bhattacharya
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Abstract

In this chapter, Prof. Bhattacharya throws light on three major problems related to the contemporary take on Tagore and his ideas on nationalism. The first problem is that of not considering the fact that Tagore’s views on nationalism have never been homogenous but rather constantly shifting in multiple phases; the second is the stereotyped labelling of internationalism without emphasizing on his unique augmentation; and the third is the lack of contextualizing his political writings with the then backdrop. The paradox in Tagore’s perception of nationalism has to be understood in terms of a philosophy of humanist universalism.

Keywords

Internationalism Humanist universalism Conceptual evolution Historical context Inconsistency 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of HistoryJawaharlal Nehru UniversityNew DelhiIndia
  2. 2.Ministry of CultureGovernment of IndiaNew DelhiIndia

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