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<span class="smallCaps">Part</span> I <span class="smallCaps">Part</span> I From Uttarakhand to Harvard

Ramin Jahanbegloo

in India Analysed

Published in print April 2009 | ISBN: 9780195698930
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199080267 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195698930.003.0001
Part I Part I From Uttarakhand to Harvard

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In this section, Sudhir Kakar shares his earliest memories of childhood. He talks about the Partition of India as a traumatic rupture in the Indian psyche and narrates his encounters with violence associated with the Partition. Kakar also talks about the perception of the British in his family and unveils his own perception of them as also his tryst with British education and literature. He also shares his views on Mahatma Gandhi, whom he considered as a hero for a very long time, and how his image of Gandhi became more political during Partition. Kakar also talks about how his life changed and was narrowed down by the world of Christian missionary schools post-Partition. He also shares his views on religion and spirituality, and how he finds religious ideas and beliefs to be totally unimportant. In this section, Kakar also discusses Sigmund Freud, his perception of German culture, German philosophers, radicalism or hippism, and rock-n-roll.

Keywords: Sudhir Kakar; India; Partition; Muslims; Hindus; Mahatma Gandhi; Christian missionary schools; spirituality; Sigmund Freud; German culture; German philosophers

Chapter.  7782 words. 

Subjects: Social Psychology

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