Carey Anthony Watt

in Serving the Nation

Published in print December 2005 | ISBN: 9780195668025
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199081905 | DOI:

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This book has tried to show the significant connections between Indian social service practices and the wider world of ‘public politics’, nation-building, and nationalism in the first two decades of the twentieth century. The author lists his conclusions as being the crucial relationship between an active citizenry and a vibrant public life; the establishment of the belief that the creation of healthy students make for more patriotic citizens; the overlap of Indian and global notions of charity and philanthropy; the creation of national solidarity through social service movements; their tacit support of the political activities of the Congress party; and their contribution to the slow de-legitimizing of the colonial state. The author ends by stating that there is no direct link between the social service practices of the 1910s and 21st century Indian civil society (with its vibrant NGO sector) which is completely different.

Keywords: Indian public politics; Indian nation-building; Indian nationalism; Indian social service; colonialism; civil society; the Indian state

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