Political Thought in Modern India

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Thomas Pantham, Kenneth L Deutsch
SAGE Publications, Jun 7, 1986 - Political Science - 362 pages
The twenty stimulating and original essays in this volume provide a comprehensive analysis of the main strands of modern Indian political thought.

The thinkers dicussed are Rammohun Roy, Dayananda Saraswati, Bankimchandra Chattopadhyay, Ranade, Phule, Tilak, B R Ambedkar, Tagore, Sri Aurobindo, M N Roy, Jawaharlal Nehru and Gandhi. Separate essays are devoted to the Hindu and Muslim traditions in Indian political thought, Hindu nationalism, and the ideologies of the Communist and Sarvodaya movements. A significant feature of these essays is that they study each thinker or movement in the relevant socio-historical context as also examine the consequences and impact of modern Indian political theories, These are analysed from a world-hostorical and, to some extent, a political economy perspective.

The essays in this collection highlight two major streams in modern Indian political thought—one which favoured the adoption or adaptation of western political traditions and the other which sought to evolve indigenous or alternative formulations. The overall conclusion that emerges from this volume is that in order to formulate an adequate political philosophy for the modern age, both the western and Indian traditions have to be taken into account. In this context, some of the essays highlight the contemporary global relevance of Gandhi’s socio-political ideas.

This book is a major contribution to modern political philosophy. It will be of great value to students and teacher of political science.

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Some Reflections on the Hindu Tradition
The SocioReligious and Political Thought
The Social and Political Ideas

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About the author (1986)

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).

Kenneth L Deutsch is Professor of Political Science at the State University of New York, Geneseo. He has been a Fulbright Senior Visiting Lecturer in Political Science at the universities of Rajasthan and Baroda (1979) and has received research grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities. He has contributed articles to various journals and books and has co-edited Political Obligation and Civil Disobedience (New York, 1972) and Constitutional Rights and Student Life (St. Louis, 1979).

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