Amiya P. Sen

in Hindu Revivalism in Bengal c.1872-1905

Published in print February 2001 | ISBN: 9780195655391
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199080625 | DOI:

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This chapter sums up the findings of this study on Hindu revivalism in Bengal. It argues that the genesis of Hindu revivalist thought no doubt lies within a larger problematic in modern Indian history and considers revivalist ideology as some kind of protective blanket under which many elements of traditional Hinduism were critically revalued and even attacked. It contends that the Hindu orthodoxy in Bengal was one of the earliest and most consistent champions of economic self-help, an innate faith in the universality of mankind as also of human problems. While Hindu revivalist thought cannot but be understood within a larger political context, this chapter mentions the possibility that there is a direct correlation between revivalist moods and militancy in politics.

Keywords: Hindu revivalism; Bengal; Hindu revivalist thought; revivalist ideology; traditional Hinduism; economic self-help; Hindu orthodoxy

Chapter.  3971 words. 

Subjects: Hinduism

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