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:

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This concluding chapter sums up the key arguments and various interpretations of the Bhagavadgita as well as its role in the formation of the nationalist discourse in India. The results indicate that the interpretations of the text were clearly meant to provide a moral and ethical basis for nationalist thought and practice, drawing upon the legitimacy which the premier text of Hinduism was capable of offering. The findings also suggest that the different understandings of the Bhagavadgita represented various moods of nation-making and they were expressed as responses to the challenges that India was facing.

Keywords: Bhagavadgita; nationalist discourse; India; interpretations; moral basis; ethical basis; nationalist thought; legitimacy; Hinduism; nation-making

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