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<span class="smallCaps">Part</span> III <span class="smallCaps">Part</span> III Between Private and Public

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/9780195698930.003.0003
Part III Part III Between Private and Public

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Sudhir Kakar agrees that there is a rupture between the private and the public in India, citing as an example izzat or honour of the family. He explains why homosexuality is seen as a deviation in India and yet transvestites are so easily accepted in Indian society. In his book, Intimate Relations, Kakar claims that sex is both loved and feared in India, where sexuality and morality have always been traditionally fused together. Kakar also discusses the distinction between the Oedipus complex and the Ganesha complex. He further talks about how the sexual and the erotic are intertwined in Bhakti poetry and expresses his views about Muslims and Hindus in India, mystical ecstasy and sexual ecstasy, mysticism, his novel Ecstasy where he tackles the historical relationship between Ramakrishna and Swami Vivekananda, and whether Rabindranath Tagore’s methodology can be applied to Indian sexuality. He also talks about his translation of the Kamasutra and the flaws in Richard Burton’s translation.

Keywords: Sudhir Kakar; Kamasutra; Richard Burton; sexuality; morality; Intimate Relations; Ganesha complex; Oedipus complex; Bhakti poetry; Rabindranath Tagore

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Subjects: Social Psychology

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