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The Heart of India
The Heart of India

The Heart of India

by Nirad C Chaudhuri

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Language

English

Publisher

Jaico

ISBN

8172240384 - Year: 2008 - Pages: 350

Binding

Paperback

Nirad C Chaudhuri
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Author: Nirad C Chaudhuri
Publisher: Jaico
Year: 2008
Language: English
Pages: 350
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8172240384

Description

Originally published as The Continent of Circe, this book is the result of author’s life-time effort to understand the nature of things. It describes the human situation in India after Independence. The author resorts to the historical method, and surprisingly encounters not staticity, but a continuing dynamic and even explosive process within which history and geography have worked to create dissimilar communities and endless conflicts. In the process of research he works exhaustively with Indian ethnic communities.

The account has the kaleidoscopic quality of a motion picture, liking all historic events from Aryan migration upto Nehru’s death in a coherent, thought shifting perspective, which also reveals that the grip of established tradition on all communities has not relaxed. Yet, the highlight of this book is undoubtedly the author’s imaginative interpretation of the Hindu personality based on original sources. Chaudhuri’s language is forceful and expressive, and his arguments are well defined and lucid. The Heart of India is without doubt, one of this controversial author’s most compelling and authoritative works - a landmark in Indian history.

REVIEW

“Nirad Chaudhuri has been, throughout his long life, an erudite contrary, and mischievious presence.”
- Salman Rushdie

Contents

Introduction

The World’s Knowledge of India Since 1947

CHAPTER ONE
From the Word to the Eye

CHAPTER TWO
The Desposits of Time

CHAPTER THREE
The Children of Circe

CHAPTER FOUR
On Understanding the Hindus

CHAPTER FIVE
Janus and his Two Faces

CHAPTER SIX
The Victims of Circe

CHAPTER SEVEN
Nostalgia for the Forgotten Home

CHAPTER EIGHT
Auld Lang Syne

CHAPTER NINE
The Defiance

CHAPTER TEN
The Anodyne

CHAPTER ELEVEN
The Hindu Acedia

CHAPTER TWELVE
The Least of the Minorities

CHAPTER THIRTEEN
The Half-Caste Minorities – Genetic and Cultural

CHAPTER FOURTEEN
The Dominant Minority

Appendix I Anglicized Hindu Manners
Appendix II Coercive Power of Hindu Traditions

Epilogue

Circe’s Triumph

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