ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846
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The Communal Base to Indian Nationalism

THIS volume brings together essays written by Ravinder Kumar in the late 1960s and 1970s. Their reappearance in this form will be welcomed with enthusiasm by all those who, like me, owe much in their understanding of modern Indian history to the lucid and penetrating writings of this author. In these essays he covers a wide range of important themes, such as the rise of the middle classes and rich peasants, working class organisation, the social base to Indian nationalism, the historiography of the nationalist movement, and the whole phenomena represented by Gandhi. In this review I shall not attempt to deal with all of these topics; rather, I shall concentrate on what I feel to be the most important contribution of this set of essays, namely Ravinder Kumar's, study of solidarity in Indian society and the communal base to Indian nationalism.

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