Language, Nationalism and Tagore

Chapter

Abstract

This chapter argues that notwithstanding his vital critique of nationalism, Tagore was accountable for invoking the Indian traditions which, according to him, would represent the well-founded moral base of the Indian civilization that could never be sullied by any form of aggressive Western nationalism. Although Tagore has spiritedly rejected aggressive nationalism that is detrimental to the human civilization, he could never detach himself completely from the emotional dimensions of the national sentiment, more so in his writings on language and a sustainable print-community which, consequently, allows him to be affiliated among those who sang for the nation.

Keywords

Linguistic nationalism ‘Bhasha-Bicched’ Lakshminath Bezbaroa Print-community Multiculturalism 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of EnglishDibrugarh UniversityAssamIndia

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