Bal Gangadhar Tilak: Popular Readings

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Biswamoy Pati
Primus Books, 2011 - History - 116 pages
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Bal Gangadhar Tilak was a frontline fighter, intimately involved with the Indian national movement. This book explores Tilak's engagements, not just with the Indian national movement, but also the nuanced diversities associated with a context that preceded the mass movements. Based on a variety of sources, the contributors attempt to historicize a nationalist icon. In the process, the reader is presented with a holistic picture of a leading nationalist personality, including his contradictions and ambiguities. In this sense, the different contributions in this book question the 'received wisdom' associated with Tilak. Bal Gangadhar Tilak: Popular Readings would be of use to those interested in the Indian national movement and the manner in which it intersected with a range of social, cultural and political issues. The 'non-specialist' reader, too, will be interested in the way in which the book makes both Tilak and his context accessible.
 

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Contents

religious identity and Conflict in
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Communalist or Political Pragmatist?
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nationalist Politics and the making ofBal Gangadhar Tilak
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Notes on Editor and Contributors
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About the author (2011)

Biswamoy Pati is Associate Professor, Department of History, University of Delhi. Among his many publications on diverse aspects of colonial/postcolonial Indian history, are two collections published by Primus Books: The Social History of Health and Medicine in Colonial India (coedited with Mark Harrison, 2011) and India's Princely States: People, Princes and Colonialism (coedited with Waltraud Ernst, 2010).

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