Sunil Khilnani's exciting book addresses the paradoxes and ironies that have surrounded this project of inventing India-a project that has brought . I like Sunil Khilnani's philosophical and historical approach to the idea of India. His in-depth studies of the concept of "India" are thoughtfully done.
Sunil Khilnani's exciting book addresses the paradoxes and ironies that have surrounded this project of inventing India-a project that has brought Indians considerable political freedom and carried their enormous democracy to the verge of being Asia's greatest free state but that has also left many of them in poverty and that is now threatened by divisive religious nationalism. Rather than judging one view as better or more complete than other, Khilnani simply lays the concepts on the table.
The Idea of India is a 1997 non-fiction book by Sunil Khilnani, which describes the economic and political history of India in the fifty years since Partition. It focuses in particular on the role that the national ideal of democracy has played in India's evolution. The book is also noted for its treatment of the personality and actions of Jawaharlal Nehru in the development of the country.
Sunil Khilnani: India’s past is full of remarkable individuals, yet we know so little about their life stories - and .
So in Incarnations, I want to return the human element to our sense of India’s history: to show how it was made by the actions of actual people, inspired by ideas or reacting against oppressive circumstances. When I wrote the book, I could not have imagined that The Idea of India would become a touchstone for thinking about contemporary India, and would continue generate so much debate. I think, for many people, it showed the logic of the Indian political project.
Title: The Idea of India. Author: Khilnani, Sunil. Published On: London 2012: Penguin. building, Sunil Khilnani in this book puts forth a contrasting picture of the idea in which. India was conceived and developed in its post-colonial existence since its political. independence in 1947.
The Idea of India book. Throughout, he provokes readers and illuminates a fundamental question as urgent now as ever: Can the original idea of India survive its own successes?.
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All this has inspired Sunil Khilnani, professor and director of the Indian Institute at Kings College London, and the author of the much-admired The Idea of India, to do something to fill the gap: Indian history is a curiously.
All this has inspired Sunil Khilnani, professor and director of the Indian Institute at Kings College London, and the author of the much-admired The Idea of India, to do something to fill the gap: Indian history is a curiously unpeopled place, he writes at the opening of his engaging and skilfully woven history, Incarnations. beyond reproach: Some historical icons are so staunchly defended against scrutiny, he writes, that libraries whose collections have enabled scholars to write about those icons have been attacked. Books thought insufficiently reverent towards cherished figures are pulped and banned, their authors threatened, silenced or worse.
When he returned to India in 1897, Vivekananda was given a hero’s . 199. 0. Published: 1997.
When he returned to India in 1897, Vivekananda was given a hero’s welcome for having finally engendered respect for Hinduism in the skeptical West and, in certain circles, even a clamor for i. Vivekananda took that idea of oneness, but insisted on the reality of the perceived world: one in which the path to oneness was through action. His reconstruction of Vedantist philosophy proclaimed Hinduism as a uniquely practical religion, open to all and directed toward the uplift of society. Other author's books: Incarnations.
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A classic since it was first published in 1997, The Idea of India is a magisterial historical study that addresses the paradoxes and ironies of the world’s largest democracy. When, in 1947, the British divided and departed their most prized imperial possession, they handed a huge, diverse, and poor society to a small nationalist elite. For decades this elite would uphold a political construct, an idea of India grounded in democracy, religious tolerance, economic development, and cultural pluralism. Sunil Khilnani investigates the fate of this idea, offering incisive portraits of Gandhi, Nehru, and other Indian founders and assessing the lively debates among them and their successors over who is an Indian, the meaning of modernity, and India’s place in the world.
In a new introduction written for this edition, Khilnani reflects on the book’s striking relevance to the country’s recent developments―from the rise of a new billionaire class to the election of a government with a more exclusivist conception of Indian identity. Throughout, he provokes readers and illuminates a fundamental question as urgent now as ever: Can the original idea of India survive its own successes?