Hindutva or Hind Swaraj
U.R Ananthamurthy | Translated from the Kannada by Keerti Ramachandra with Vivek Shanbhag
Wednesday | 1 June 2016 | 6:30 | Alliance Francaise de Bangalore
Ramachandra Guha and Rajan Gurukkal released the book and spoke on the occation.
The very last work of Jnanpith award winner and preeminent writer U.R. Ananthamurthy is a timely reading, and trenchant critique, of the rise of Hindutva nationalism in India. Juxtaposing Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh founder V.D. Savarkar’s idea of Hindutva with M.K. Gandhi’s concept of Hind Swaraj, the book examines two directions that were open to India at the time of Independence. Born out of a meditation of the idea of the nation state and nationalism, and what the new power structures and centres mean for the very idea of India, the essay uses shifting tones and styles to make a deep, elegant and heartfelt point about the human cost of radicalization.
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We are reminded of what an important voice his was, and how sorely he is missed.Sheldon Pollock
The age of manifesto is not yet over.Shiv Visvanathan
A marvelous posthumous giftAshis Nandy
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