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Rabindranath Tagore’s Theology of Work

Pradip Kumar Datta (pradip.pk@gmail.com) teaches at the Centre for Comparative Politics and Political Theory, School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.

Taking the distinctive meaning of intimacy as its starting point, this paper explores Rabindranath Tagore’s notion of the relational self and the commitment to work. The idea of work as connecting relationships that make up the world, is something that is derived from neo-Vedantic conceptions that privilege the concerns of this world. Institutionally, this translates into various forms of cooperation of which cooperatives are the primary mode. The paper concludes with some of the dilemmas of Rabindranath’s conception of praxis that go beyond a measurement of success and failure.

This paper owes a great deal to Asok Sen, to interlocutors at the German Historical Institute where an early version was presented and to the criticisms and suggestions of the other contributors.

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