1st Edition

Tagore’s Solutions for Colonial Degeneration Indic Societalism, Nation, Identities, and Communities

By Amartya Mukhopadhyay Copyright 2024
    244 Pages
    by Routledge India

    This book focuses on Rabindranath Tagore as a social and political thinker revolving around Tagore’s ideas on the seeds of civil society, nation, identities, and communities in the Indic tradition. The author deconstructs Tagore’s concepts against the appropriate resurgent and triumphalist Western concepts in the updated Western social thought and theories.

    The book examines Tagore’s understanding of the nature of the civil social sphere in India and analyzes the relevance of his civil social concepts against the backdrop of colonialism in India. It also discusses his views on nation and nationalism in India and his insights into the problems and prospects of intercommunity, particularly Hindu-Muslim relations in India.

    Applying current social science and Western literature in an unprecedented manner to interpret Tagore, this book will be of great interest to scholars, teachers, and students of politics, nationalism, postcolonialism, history, comparative literature, sociology, religious studies, and South Asian studies.

          1. Introduction: Dissevering Tagore’s  Politics in the Colonial Context  2. ‘Public’ or ‘Societalism’? Tagore’s Quest for a Civil Social Sphere in India in the Context of Colonialism 3. Ending AlieNation: Restoring the Nationness in and of Bhāratavarşīya Samāj and Prognosis of Nationalism amid Globalization 4. Cassandra’s Admonitions: Tagore on Identities of  Hindus and Muslims in India and Their Relations 5. A Postface Rather Than a Conclusion


    Amartya Mukhopadhyay is former Professor and Chair of Political Science Department and Dean, Faculty of Arts and Commerce at Kalyani University, India; and former Professor and Chair of Political Science Department, Calcutta University, India. His research interests include political theory, political thought, IR theory, policy studies, cultural politics and sociology of literature. His recent publications include India in Russian Orientalism: Travel Narratives and Beyond (2013); (Coedited) Contextualizing Democratic Governance in India: Some Perspectives (2013); and Bengali Fiction, Tura, Trisha and Debang-er Galpo (Stories of Tura, Trisha and Debang) (2023).