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The Bhagavadgita in the Nationalist Discourse

Nagappa Gowda


The Bhagavadgita has lent itself to several readings to defend or contest various views on life, morality, and metaphysics. It has played an important role in the formation of nationalist discourse in India. The book examines the ways in which the Gita became the central terrain of nationalist contestation, and the diverse ethico-moral mappings of the Indian nation. It also discusses issues such as the relation between the nation and the masses, renunciation and engagement with the world, the ideas of equality, freedom, and common good, in the context of a nationalist discourse. It argues that ... More

Keywords: Bhagavadgita, nationalist discourse, India, B.R. Ambedkar, Swami Vivekananda, Mahatma Gandhi, nationalist movement, morality, metaphysics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780198072065
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198072065.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Nagappa Gowda, author