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<span class="smallCaps">Part</span> IV <span class="smallCaps">Part</span> IV The Message of India

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/9780195698930.003.0004
Part IV Part IV The Message of India

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In this section, Sudhir Kakar talks about how his psychoanalysis experience influences his fiction writings, and discusses the similarities and differences between his fictional works and his theoretical studies, with the common themes being sexuality and spirituality. He also talks about how Erik Erikson’s methodology has become a part of his working life and how his experience with the West helps him to look at Indian culture and society with a loving critical eye. Kakar discusses his views on politics, Mahatma Gandhi, Rabindranath Tagore, Jawaharlal Nehru, and Rammohum Roy. He also talks about the reconciliation between modernity and tradition in Indian culture and about how, according to him, the culture of Hindus has greatly influenced other religious cultures in India by introducing them to some of the psychological features of Indianness. He also talks about the Nehruvian project of a modernized secular India and his personal belief that religion should be confined to the private sphere while the public sphere should be free of all religious trappings.

Keywords: Sudhir Kakar; India; culture; Hindus; Indianness; Mahatma Gandhi; Erik Erikson

Chapter.  3434 words. 

Subjects: Social Psychology

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