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Author: Afshin Marashi

© Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2010 DOI: 10.1163/187471610X505951 Journal of Persianate Studies 3 (2010) 46-77 Imagining Hāfez: Rabindranath Tagore in Iran, 1932 * Afshin Marashi University of Kansas Abstract In April and May of 1932, Rabindranath Tagore traveled to Iran on an

In: Journal of Persianate Studies

In this chapter I focus on two texts - Rabindranath Tagore’s Gora and Nirad Chaudhuri’s Autobiography of an Unknown Indian - to explore a complex interlacing of whiteness and nationalist self-fashioning in India. In spite of British colonialism operating along racist lines, there has been curiously no attempt in India to privilege dark skin-colour and build around it a discourse of anti-colonial self-articulation. In fact there has been a fascination for white European identity that has resulted in a perplexing ambiguity underlining the self/other binary in the nationalist discourse. Gora and Autobiography of an Unknown Indian bring out this peculiar social and ideological ambiguity surrounding the concept of whiteness in the context of the Indian nationalist discourse as it was initially forged during the late nineteenth century and early twentieth century Bengal. Tagore’s novel centres on Gora who initially fashions himself as a champion of Hindu nationalism only to realise later that his real parents were Irish and that he was merely adopted into the Hindu household as an orphan. Yet in the novel this very discovery of the white European identity of the protagonist makes him a true Indian who is shorn of all narrow sectarianism - an idealised representative of Tagore’s syncretic nationalism. Chaudhuri in his turn draws from the popular theory of Aryan invasion to argue in Autobiography that Indians are themselves racially white and kin to the European colonisers. He thus turns the colonial discourse of white superiority on its head by attempting to reclaim his lost white European identity. Both these texts mark interesting variations in Indian nationalist self-fashioning that has largely remained unexplored.

In: Images of Whiteness

literature assumes, for Abū Shādī, a different tenor. That year, he meets the Bengali intellectual Rabindranath Tagore on a visit to Egypt and publishes an account of their encounter, lauding Tagore’s refusal to compare literatures East and West and affirming his insistence that a single spirit unites the

In: Journal of World Literature
Author: Surendra Munshi

© Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2011 DOI: 10.1163/156853111X577587 Asian Journal of Social Science 39 (2011) 296–303 Universalising Europe: In the Spirit of Rabindranath Tagore 1 Surendra Munshi Abstract Rabindranath Tagore, the Indian poet, made a distinction between ‘the spirit

In: Asian Journal of Social Science
Author: Donald R. Tuck

THE RELIGIOUS MOTIF IN THE POETRY OF RABINDRANATH TAGORE BY DONALD R. TUCK Western Kentucky University, U.S.A. Religion in Tagore's Poetry Tagore's primary impression upon the English speaking world was made by his abilities as a poet, I) The Nobel prize of z9r3 was given in recognition of his

In: Numen
Why Does the Future Need Educational Poetics?
In Time for Educational Poetics the author addresses a discussion in the context of today’s philosophy of education and educational research. Conceptually, educational poetics is not limited to a theoretical construction, but rather focuses on the creative, imaginative and poetic experience, to being recreated in the teaching-learning process.

Educational poetics is rooted in the philosophical and aesthetic thought of South Asia, specifically in how contemplative and creative practices re-introduced by Rabindranath Tagore. Educational poetics is the convergence of research in creative contemplation and poetic creation, practices of conscious attention and mindfulness, and practices of peace education and philosophy of non-violence. This book leads to a perspective in thinking about the risks that jeopardize the future of young generations.
Author: Himani Bannerji

contradistinction to materialism, the active side was developed abstractly by idealism – which, of course, does not know real, sensuous activity as such. 1 1 Introduction It has not been a common practice to place Karl Marx and Rabindranath Tagore side by side to draw

In: The Ideological Condition: Selected Essays on History, Race and Gender
Critique and Politics of Mathematics Education
Editors: Ole Skovsmose and Brian Greer
The picture on the front of this book is an illustration for Totakahini: The tale of the parrot, by Rabindranath Tagore, in which he satirized education as a magnificent golden cage. Opening the Cage addresses mathematics education as a complex socio-political phenomenon, exploring the vast terrain that spans critique and politics. Opening the Cage includes contributions from educators writing critically about mathematics education in diverse contexts. They demonstrate that mathematics education is politics, they investigate borderland positions, they address the nexus of mathematics, education, and power, and they explore educational possibilities. Mathematics education is not a free enterprise. It is carried on behind bars created by economic, political, and social demands. This cage might not be as magnificent as that in Tagore’s fable. But it is strong. Opening the cage is a critical and political challenge, and we may be surprised to see what emerges.
Essays in Honour of Gerald James Larson
This collection of original essays provides fascinating insights into yoga as a historical and pluralistic phenomenon flourishing in a variety of religious and philosophical contexts. They cover a wide variety of traditions and topics related to Yoga: Classical Yoga, Sāṃkhya, Tantric Yoga, Bhakti Yoga, the Guru, Indic Islamic traditions of Yoga, Yoga and asceticism in contemporary India, and the reception of Yoga in the West.
The essays are written by eighteen professors in the field of the history of religions, most of them former graduate students of Gerald James Larson, Larson is Rabindranath Tagore Professor Emeritus, Indiana University, Bloomington, Professor Emeritus, Religious Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara, an internationally acclaimed scholar on the history of religions and philosophies of India, and one of the world's foremost authorities on the Samkhya and Yoga traditions. The publication is in honour of him.