Chapter

Culturing the Nation

Nagappa K. Gowda

in The Bhagavadgita in the Nationalist Discourse

Published in print June 2011 | ISBN: 9780198072065
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199080748 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198072065.003.0001
Culturing the Nation

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This chapter examines Bankimchandra Chattopadhyay's understanding of the text of the Bhagavadgita as reflected in his Krishnacharitra, the Dharmatattwa, and the commentary on the Gita. It suggests that Bankim's continued insistence on the historicity of the Bhagavadgita was aimed at refuting the Orientalists and Evangelicals' claims of the Western and Christian superiority in the realm of moral theories and practice. It also discusses Bankim's concept of patriotism.

Keywords: Bankimchandra Chattopadhyay; Bhagavadgita; Krishnacharitra; Dharmatattwa; moral theories; Orientalists; Evangelicals; patriotism; Christian superiority; Western superiority

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