The Bhagavadgita in the Nationalist Discourse

Hardcover | August 15, 2011

byNagappa Gowda

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This book examines the role of the Bhagavadgita in the formation of nationalist thought. It analyses how the text was deployed as the central terrain of nationalist contestation and in the diverse ethico-moral mappings of the nation. Focusing on Balgangadhar Tilak, Swami Vivekananda, Mahatma Gandhi,Aurobindo Ghose, Vinoba Bhave and B.R. Ambedkar as the representatives of different strands of nationalist discourse, this volume probes their reflections on Gita. The author argues that Bhagavadgita opened up several possible understandings without necessarily eliminating one another and thatIndian nationalism could also be understood as a commentary on the text. This book will be of considerable interest to scholars and students of religion, philosophy, and modern Indian history particularly those concerned with nationalist movement.

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This book examines the role of the Bhagavadgita in the formation of nationalist thought. It analyses how the text was deployed as the central terrain of nationalist contestation and in the diverse ethico-moral mappings of the nation. Focusing on Balgangadhar Tilak, Swami Vivekananda, Mahatma Gandhi,Aurobindo Ghose, Vinoba Bhave and B.R...

Nagappa Gowda is Head of the Department of Political Science, Government Degree College, Kushalnagar, Karnataka.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:312 pages, 8.46 × 5.51 × 0.95 inPublished:August 15, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198072066

ISBN - 13:9780198072065

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. The Gita and Culturing the Nation: Bankim's Reading of the Gita2. The Sthitaprajna as the Base of the Nation: Tilak's Reading of the Gita3. Taking the Gita to the Masses: Vivekananda's Understanding of the Gita4. Nation in Spiritual Quest: Aurobindo and the Gita5. Anasaktiyoga as the Essence of the Gita: Gandhi's Interpretation of the Gita6. Svadharma and the Nation: Vinoba's Reading of the Gita7. the Gita and Ambedkar: Buddhism as the Alternative8. Ethical v/s Spiritual InterpretationsConclusionIndex