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Introduction

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/9780198072065.003.0009
Introduction

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The introduction discusses the importance of the Bhagavadgita in the nationalist discourse in India. No religious text has been as frequently invoked or as passionately deployed by Indian nationalists as the Bhagavadgita. In fact, nationalists of different stripes, including exponents of modern Hinduism, critical modernists, ethical and spiritual nationalists, seem to agree that they could all draw sustenance and seek vindication from the Song Celestial. This chapter also provides an outline of the coverage of this book.

Keywords: Bhagavadgita; nationalist discourse; India; religious text; Indian nationalists; modern Hinduism; critical modernists; spiritual nationalists; ethical nationalists; Song Celestial

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