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Author: Rabindranath Tagore
ISBN/UPC (if available): 81-7167-778-9
A nation, according to Tagore, is that aspect which a whole population assumes when organized for a mechnical purpose. In the early days it had its separate place in society, restricted to professionals. But, trading upon the greed and fear of man, it now occupies the position of a ruling force in society.
Tagore's main argument in this perspicacious book is that nationalism is an invention of the West and a relatively new concept in the East. To substantiate his argument, Tagore the intellectual examines the impact and effect of nationalism on India and Japan; while Tagore the poet provides a sharp but beautifully lyrical ending.