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Serving the Nation: Cultures of Service, Association and Citizenship

Carey Anthony Watt


This book offers an innovative analysis of social service, and charitable and philanthropic initiatives in late colonial north India during the first two decades of the twentieth century. It also shows the crucial interdependency between an active citizenry and a vibrant associational culture or civil society as revealed in groups such as the Arya Samaj, The Servants of India Society, the Theosophical Society, and the Seva Samiti of Allahabad, among others. How foreign ideas of social service, charity and philanthropy were negotiated by Hindu living traditions of seva, dana, karmayoga, sannyas ... More

Keywords: Indian social service, colonial north India, Indian civil society, Hindu, seva, Arya Samaj, Theosophical Society, Indian citizenry, Indian nation-building

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780195668025
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195668025.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Carey Anthony Watt, author
University of British Columbia