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Political Thought in Modern India

Political Thought in Modern India

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April 1986 | 368 pages | SAGE India
The twenty stimulating and original essays in this volume provide a comprehensive analysis of the main strands of modern Indian political thought.

The thinkers dicussed are Rammohun Roy, Dayananda Saraswati, Bankimchandra Chattopadhyay, Ranade, Phule, Tilak, B R Ambedkar, Tagore, Sri Aurobindo, M N Roy, Jawaharlal Nehru and Gandhi. Separate essays are devoted to the Hindu and Muslim traditions in Indian political thought, Hindu nationalism, and the ideologies of the Communist and Sarvodaya movements. A significant feature of these essays is that they study each thinker or movement in the relevant socio-historical context as also examine the consequences and impact of modern Indian political theories, These are analysed from a world-hostorical and, to some extent, a political economy perspective.

The essays in this collection highlight two major streams in modern Indian political thought—one which favoured the adoption or adaptation of western political traditions and the other which sought to evolve indigenous or alternative formulations. The overall conclusion that emerges from this volume is that in order to formulate an adequate political philosophy for the modern age, both the western and Indian traditions have to be taken into account. In this context, some of the essays highlight the contemporary global relevance of Gandhi’s socio-political ideas.

This book is a major contribution to modern political philosophy. It will be of great value to students and teacher of political science.
Thomas Pantham
Introduction: For the Study of Modern Indian Political Thought
Bhikhu Parekh
Some Reflections on the Hindu Tradition of Political Thought
Thomas Pantham
The Socio-Religious and Political Thought of Rammohun Roy
B R Purohit
The Social and Political Ideas of Swami Dayananda Saraswati
Partha Chatterjee
Culture and Power in the Thought of Bankimchandra
Rajendra Vora
Two Strands of Indian Liberalism: The Ideas of Ranade and Phule
N R Inamdar
The Political Ideas of Lokmanya Tilak
Prabha Dixit
The Ideology of Hindu Nationalism
Moin Shakir
Dynamics of Muslim Political Thought
Eleanor Zelliot
The Social and Political Thought of B R Ambedkar
Radharaman Chakrabarti
Tagore: Politics and Beyond
Kenneth L Deutsch
Sri Aurobindo and the Search for Political and Spiritual Perfection
Sudipta Kaviraj
The Heteronomous Radicalism of M N Roy
Manoranjan Mohanty
Ideology and Strategy of the Communist Movement in India
R C Pillai
The Political Thought of Jawaharlal Nehru
Dennis Dalton
The Ideology of Sarvodaya: Concepts of Politics and Power in Indian Political Thought
Indira Rothermund
Gandhi's Satyagraha and Hindu Thought
Ronald J Terchek
Gandhi and Democratic Theory
Thomas Pantham
Beyond Liberal Democracy: Thinking with Mahatma Gandhi
Ashis Nandy
Oppression and Human Liberation: Towards a Post-Gandhian Utopia

One of the most comprehensive treatments of this vast and complex theme.

Political Studies

An important new departure in the study and development of Indian political thought.

International Affairs

The canvas that the editors chose is certainly very wide and the authors have tried their best to bring about a coherent analysis. If there are any lacunae they are because of the lack of coherence in Indian thought itself.

Administrative Change

The volume is well brought out, the contributors have taken sufficient pains to ensure that each topic is honestly dealt with.

Journal of Constitutional and Parliamentary Studies

(This) is a collection of twenty well-written essays by eminent university professors with distinctive schievements in research and teaching of modern political thought....In its overall impact, this collection of interesting and well-argued essays, constitutes a significant contribution to the study of modern Indian political thought.

United Service Institute of India Journal

Thomas Pantham

Thomas Pantham is Professor of Political Science at the M.S. University of Baroda. He has been nominated UGC National Lecturer in Political Science (1985–86), has been a Visiting Fellow at the University of Essex (1973) and a Fulbright Senior Scholar at the universities of Princeton and Massachusetts (1981). He has contributed numerous articles to journals and edited volumes and has written Political Parties and Democratic Consensus (New Delhi, 1976). More About Author

Kenneth L Deutsch

Kenneth L Deutsch is Professor of Political Science at the State University of New York, Geneseo. He has been a Fulbright Senior Visiting Lecturer in Political Science at the universities of Rajasthan and Baroda (1979) and has received research grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities. He has contributed articles to various journals and books and has co-edited Political Obligation and Civil Disobedience (New York, 1972) and Constitutional Rights and Student Life (St. Louis, 1979). More About Author

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