Political Ideas in Modern India: Thematic Explorations

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SAGE, Apr 17, 2006 - History - 481 pages
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The volumes of the Project on the History of Science, Philosophy and Culture in Indian Civilization aim at discovering the main aspects of India`s heritage and present them in an interrelated way.In Political Ideas in Modern India, an outstanding group of social and political theorists offers a creative reinterpretation of the ideas and principles that have shaped modern Indian society and state. The ideas interpreted or analysed include rights, freedoms, equality, social justice, constitutional rule, swaraj, swadeshi, satyagraha, class war, socialism, Hindutva, Hind Swaraj, syncretic culture, composite nationalism, and international peace and justice.
 

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Contents

Preface and Acknowledgements
xi
P Chattopadhyaya
xxiii
ON SOCIAL REFORM AND RADICAL POLITICS
1
Virtue Vice and the Origins of Militant Nationalist Thought
26
DalitBahujan Discourse in Modern India
46
B R Ambedkar and the Troubled Times of Citizenship
73
HISTORY LITERATURE AND POLITICAL
91
Some Pathways from
121
The Gandhian
221
Spirituality and Politics in Coomaraswamy Radhakrishnan
238
An Alternative Transcultural Ideal
285
Secular Liberalism and Relativism
307
Social Justice in the Mandal Debate 1990
326
Feminist Critique in Contemporary India
340
A Look at Communist Interventions in India
393
Socialist Discourse in India
405

Liberal ZigZag vs the Straight
138
The Quest for Hinduism
155
The Making of the MajorityMinority
167
A HeartandMind Unity?
206
A Discussion of Some Contemporary
419
Limits of the Indian Political Imagination
437
Index
459
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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).