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Interpreting Hegel’s India

Hegel’s India: A Reinterpretation, with Texts by Aakash Singh Rathore and Rimina Mohapatra , New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2017; pp x + 311, ₹ 950 (hardcover).

Ambedkar’s Lessons, Ambedkar’s Challenges

R Ambedkar’s methodological and substantive insights on the nature of Hinduism, caste and Indian history anticipated much contemporary scholarship on the subject. Even so, from his writings there is much to learn about the energetic rigour required in the attunement of political will and scholastic analysis. His powerful and persuasive argument has been at variance not only with those of figures such as Lokmanya Tilak and S Radhakrishnan but also with what has become the larger common sense on these issues, a common sense that informs political as much as jurisprudential discourse. This paper raises questions on the relationship between conceptualisations of the constituent bases of the nation and history in India as much as the means for and the stakes involved in negotiating collective pasts and collective futures.

A Tendentious Critique of India’s ‘Liberal–Secular Model’

Europe, India, and the Limits of Secularism by Jakob De Roover, New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2016; pp 296, ₹ 995.

Nation State in the Age of Imperialism

The first theories of nationalism, drawing on Marx's insights, worked through the integrated concepts of empire, capitalism and military conflict. The nation and its state could not be viewed separate from the critique of political economy and the crisis of capitalism. Thus the first world war was anticipated and understood, not just by Marxists but others as well. This perspective has, however, been largely lost in the century since, with a certain valorisation of the nation-form cut off from the global political economy, but situated within culture. This article engages with the debates initiated by Marx, Lenin, Luxemburg and Hilferding to critique the dominant terms of theorising the nation and attempts to foreground a revived Marxist understanding of nationalism.
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