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Debating Culture

Price : $14.75
ISBN # : 9788124607039
Author : Anirban Ganguly
pages: 158
Edition : Hardcover
Volumes : 1
Publisher : D.K. Printworld
Published : 2013

Barring the political agenda, the vital forces associated with India's nationalist movement were moral, literary and artistic. Many cultural protagonists were vocal in saying that the regeneration of our society could happen through the revival of our arts and culture, not by politics and economics alone. This impulse was quite visible in cultural thought-leaders like Ananda Coomaraswamy, Sri Aurobindo, Swami Vivekananda, Sister Nivedita, John Woodroffe, Syamaprasad Mookerjee, K.M. Munshi and Jawaharlal Nehru. Rabindranath Tagore made a strong case for developing a complete and moving orb of Indian culture. This book delves deep into the vision of these thought-leaders in making India a culturally strong nation, and warns us in different ways against becoming insularly modern. These personalities remind us of our unique past and time-tested virtues and values, and the criticality of sustaining them while being modern in many ways. They exult in our past and call upon us to be the torch-bearers of this legacy. This volume, while doing an in-depth study of these Indian cultural activists, laments on the lackadaisical attitude of the leaders of Independent India in maintaining and promoting our art forms and long-revered culture. A renewed effort in rejuvenating our culture is the need of the hour, especially when its moorings seem to be loosening and its symbols diluting. It is an irony to call for the recognition of Indian culture in India!

Author Bio: Anirban Ganguly's, interests lie in the areas of historical, civilisational, educational and cultural studies. He has written and spoken extensively on these issues and is presently occupied in trying to trace the evolution of the Indian nationalism and also the impact of globalisation on local cultures. A research scholar at the Centre for Sri Aurobindo Studies, Jadavpur University, Anirban is currently associated with a leading New Delhi based think-tank.

This book was added to South Asia bookstore on Friday 28 June, 2013.
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