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Continuing Dilemmas : Understanding Social Consciousness

Sudhir Chandra

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ISBN 10: 8185229635 / ISBN 13: 9788185229638
Editorial: Tulika, New Delhi, 2002
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Contents Acknowledgements. Introduction The self and the work. 1. The language of Modern Ideas reflections on an ethnological parable. 2. The loyalty of educated Indians to British Rule (1858 85). 3. The Indian league and the Western India association. 4. Badruddin Tyabji a study of personal and group interests in Indian nationalism. 5. Towards an integrated understanding of early Indian nationalism notes on the lake of palms. 6. Premchand and Indian nationalism. 7. The harvest of fear a retrospective critique of Hindu Muslim relations in two Hindi novels. 8. The novel's impossible search for the nation a note on Intizar Husain's An Unwritten Epic. 9. Venturing to speak of communalism. 10. Of communal consciousness and communal violence impressions from post riot Surat. 11. A Hindu's protest against the Hindutva terror in Gujarat. 12. Hindu conservatism in the nineteenth century. 13. Nineteenth century view of the Hindu Joint Family notes from Govardhanram Tripathi's scrap book. 14. Salvaging the Immediate past Govardhanram Tripathi's The Classical Poets of Gujarat and their Influence on society and morals. 15. Whose laws Notes on a legitimizing myth of the colonial Indian state. 16. An unresolved dilemma Gandhi on religious conversion. 17. Towards a cultural policy a minority viewpoint. Index. The central argument in this collection of essays by Sudhir Chandra written over a period of thirty five years is that contemporary social consciousness is marked by an underlying ambivalence that resists analysis in terms of neat binary categories. Exploring the interplay of contradictory impulses and the confluence of apparently irreconcilable forces in the making of social and political phenomena the essays deal with a wide range of issues concerning our colonial past and the postcolonial present. They reflect the author's inclination to view social/political/historical movements and personalities in terms of an ever varying mix of what we are taught to look upon normatively of/and analytically as opposites. Trained as a historian the author deals with the early stirrings of the nationalist consciousness in nineteenth century India to show that the same person or group of persons or movement often revealed both progressive and reactionary attitudes. This counters the received wisdom which views these as sets of oppositions reformist versus revivalist secular versus religious nationalist versus communalist. The ambivalence further reveals itself equally in the texts of nineteenth century writers and in cataclysmic events like Hindu Muslim riots in the Gujarat of today. Two essays devoted to Govardhanram Tripathi a rarely researched Gujarati litterateur bring out the unresolved contradictions that underlay his own consciousness and that of his society. More than a century later the post 1992 riots in Surat and the Hindutva terror unleashed in other parts of Gujarat in 2002 reveal the vulnerability of broader social forces. Gandhi's realization of the failure of Swadeshi in the wake of the Noakhali riots as indeed the dilemma posed by his attitude to religious conversion further prove the point. Rather than being a unique rupture he emerges as a fulfillment of intimations that the nineteenth century abounded in. Even if it could be seen as a universal human condition the essays remind us ambivalence is always specific unfolding the dynamics of social forces. That is what human history is all about. 322 pp. N° de ref. de la librería 61612

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Título: Continuing Dilemmas : Understanding Social ...

Editorial: Tulika, New Delhi

Año de publicación: 2002

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The central argument in this collection of essays by Sudhir Chandra, written over a period of thirty-five years, is that contemporary social consciousness is marked by an underlying ambivalence that resists analysis in terms of neat binary categories. Exploring the interplay of contradictory impulses and the confluence of apparently irreconcilable forces in the making of social and political phenomena, the essays deal with a wide range of issues concerning our colonial past and the postcolonial present. They reflect the author's inclination to view social/political/historical movements and personalities in terms of an ever-varying mix of what we are taught to look upon, normatively or/and analytically, as opposites.

Trained as a historian, the author deals with the early stirrings of the nationalist consciousness in nineteenth-century India to show that the same person or group of persons or movement often revealed both progressive and reactionary attitudes. This counters the received wisdom which views these as sets of oppositions - reformist versus revivalist, secular versus religious, nationalist versus communalist. The ambivalence, further, reveals itself equally in the texts of nineteenth-century writers and in cataclysmic events like Hindu-Muslim riots in the Gujarat of today. Two essays devoted to Govardhanram Tripathi, a rarely researched Gujarati litterateur, bring out the unresolved contradictions that underlay his own consciousness and that of his society. More than a century later, the post-1992 riots in Surat and the Hindutva terror unleashed in other parts of Gujarat in 2002 reveal the vulnerability of broader social forces. Gandhi's realization of the failure of swadeshi in the wake of the Noakhali riots, as indeed the dilemma posed by his attitude to religious conversion, further prove the point. Rather than being a unique rupture, he emerges as a fulfilment of intimations that the nineteenth century abounded in. Even if it could be seen as a universal human condition, the essays remind us, ambivalence is always specific, unfolding the dynamics of social forces. That is what human history is all about.

About the Author:

Sudhir Chandra is the author of Enslaved Daughters: Colonialism, Law and Women's Rights (1997), The Oppressive Present: Literature and Social Consciousness in Colonial India (1992), and Dependence and Disllusionment: Emergence of National Consciousness in Later Nineteenth Century India (1975). He has also edited Social Transformation and Creative Imagination (1983).

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