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<i>Anasaktiyoga</i> and the Nationalist Imagination

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/9780198072065.003.0005
Anasaktiyoga and the Nationalist Imagination

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Mahatma Ghandhi influenced the nationalist movement unlike any other leader. He drew much from the Gita for his nationalist project. Much of his thoughts can be found in the book Hind Swaraj and his philosophy of anasakti (non-attachment) is discussed in this chapter. It shows how Gandhi used the Bhagavadgita to defend the notions of ahimsa, truth, svadharma, swadeshi, and satyagraha. It also argues that Gandhi's version of the Bhagavadgita cautiously defends the institution of varna as an ordained form of division of labour. It explains how Gandhi's concept of anasaktiyoga translates into active engagement with one's fellowmen through service of the world.

Keywords: Bhagavadgita; anasakti; ahimsa; truth; svadharma; swadeshi; satyagraha; varna; anasaktiyoga; Mahatma Ghandi

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