Reflections on Nation Building A Gypsy in the World of Ideas

Auteur: Rajen Harshe
Taal: Engels
Reflections on Nation Building
Auteur: Rajen Harshe
Uitgever: Pentagon Press
  • Engels
  • Hardcover
  • 9788182744943
  • mei 2011
  • 176 pagina's
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This unusual collection of essays dwells upon a wide variety of themes that essentially reflect, overtly or subtly, on the processes of nation building. As a result, the author traverses like a gypsy in the world of ideas to allow his soul to express itself before his readers. In this process, the book reveals author's ever maturing understanding of a few memorable poems, the role of inspiring leaders, metaphysical essences of life and society, traumatic events and processes in history, the human quest towards institution /nation building and the likely role of younger generations in shaping India of tomorrow. A gypsy that is hiding deep down in the author's mind continuously makes him restless within the narrow confines of the know would and wandering in the world of ideas appears to be an obvious outcome of his restlessness. In the context of nation building the book sheds a new light, with some personal touch , on the contributions of leaders like Gandhi, Nehru, Tilak and Mandela. Subsequently it moves on to grasp on essence of life through the teaching of Savta Mali, a thirteenth century saint poet, with metaphysical depth, fromMaharashtra. In addition to exploring the daunting tasks in understanding and interpreting history, the book analyses traumatic events and process in history like partition and erection of the Berlin wall. While perceiving any trauma across time and space the author unveils the significance and impact of the nation of alienation in emerging and post industrial society by discussing a moving poem of Kusumagraj in Marathi, on the one hand, and writings of a few celebrated existentialist thinkers like Albert Camus, on the other hand. After highlighting the global and anti-colonial perspectives on education of J. Krishnamurti and Frantz Fanon, respectively, the author handles themes related to institution and nation building. He underlines the significance of duties, his vision of India, challenges before younger generations amid growing frustrations on account of mounting socio-economic inequalities, the state of higher education in the globalising world and changing requirements of foreign policy in the process of nation building. The book ends with a semi-autobiographical essay that virtually sketches a partial biography of two major educational institutes, namely universities of Hyderabad and Allahabad. Owing to its varied intellectual concerns and lucid style the book is eminently readable. Every thinking and sensitive mind, especially students literature, philosophy and social sciences would be benefitted by reading it.



mei 2011
Aantal pagina's
176 pagina's


Rajen Harshe
Pentagon Press



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