March 21, 2008

Sri Aurobindo and His Contemporary Thinkers, edited by Indrani Sanyal and Krishna Roy

Sri Aurobindo and His Contemporary Thinkers, edited by Indrani Sanyal and Krishna Roy. New Delhi, D.K. Printworld, 2007, x, 350 p., $35. ISBN 81-246-0428-2.
Contents: Preface. Introduction.

  • 1. Sri Aurobindo's Philosophy of Nationalism, Internationalism and Contemporary Crisis - Kireet Joshi.
  • 2. The distinctiveness of Sri Aurobindo's view on Indian Renaissance - D.P. Chattopadhyaya.
  • 3. The Bengal Renaissance: different interpretations - Rakhal Chandra Nath.
  • 4. Sri Aurobindo on the possibility renaissance in India - Dilip Kumar Roy.
  • 5. Sri Aurobindo and Ireland: a critical study - Dilip Kumar Chatterjee.
  • 6. National Education Movement and Satis Chandra - Rama Prasad De.
  • 7. Bengal's National Council of Education and Sri Aurobindo - Amal Kumar De.
  • 8. History as applied metaphysics - Indrani Sanyal.
  • 9. Some renaissance aspects of Vivekananda's Thoughts - Tirthanath Bandyopadhyay.
  • 10. The Western Imperialistic Challenge: Aurobindo, Tilak and Gokhale - Aparna Banerjee.
  • 11. Significance of Tagore's Poetry in the Indian renaissance: Sri Aurobindonian perspective - Supriyo Bhattacharya.
  • 12. The Revolutionary Movement: Tagore and Aurobindo - Manjula Bose.
  • 13. Philosophy of Krishna Chandra Bhattacharyya - Tara Chatterjee.
  • 14. Acharya Brojendranath Seal : his aesthetic ideas - Sudhir Kumar Nandi.
  • 15. Outlook towards women: influence of Indian renaissance - Madhumita Chattopadhyay.
  • 16. Raja Rammohan Roy: Forerunner of Women's Liberation Movement - Krishna Roy.
  • 17. Violence or non-violence: interpretations by Sri Aurobindo and Mahatma Gandhi - Sushmita Bhowmik.
  • 18. Sri Aurobindo, Mahatma Gandhi and India's Freedom Struggle : from Swadeshi to Non-cooperation - Sujata Mukherjee.

The contributors. Index.
"The period spanning the latter half of the eighteenth century and the nineteenth century in India was marked by a reawakened national spirit to reinterpret Indian traditional values in modern light. This book, comprising deliberations presented at a national seminar, discusses some of the illustrious persons of that period who by their ideas and actions enriched the socio-cultural and spiritual life of the period.

Researchers study the Period of Sri Aurobindo, his contributions as well as those of his contemporaries including Raja Rammohan Roy, Mahatma Gandhi, Tagore, Gokhale and Satish Chandra. The aim is to situate Sri Aurobindo's thoughts in its socio-cultural background and study the contributions of his contemporaries to bring out the distinctiveness of Sri Aurobindo. The essays deal with Sri Aurobindo's Philosophy of Nationalism, his view of Indian Renaissance and Ireland's National and Cultural Renaissance and his attitude towards national education. They take up interpretations of violence and non violence by Sri Aurobindo and Mahatma Gandhi, Vivekananda's outlook about morality, Caste System and Dharma, and response of Aurobindo, Tilak and Gokhale to Western Imperialism. An interesting effort is make to compare the thoughts of Sri Aurobindo and Tagore towards the Revolutionary Movement and reveal Aurobindo's perception of Tagore's poetry. The book will be useful to historians, political and social thinkers, besides the general readers." (jacket)

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