The Tagore-Gandhi Debate on Matters of Truth and Untruth

  • Bindu Puri

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Introduction

This volume discusses the development of the dialogue between Tagore (1861-1941) and Gandhi (1869-1948) during 1915 and 1941, about many things of personal, national, and international significance---satyagraha, non-cooperation, the boycott and burning of foreign cloth, the efficacy of fasting as a means of resistance and Gandhi’s mantra connecting “swaraj” and “charkha”. The author, Bindu Puri, argues that the debate was about more fundamental issues, such as the nature of truth and swaraj/freedom and the possibilities of untruth that Tagore saw in Gandhi’s movements for truth and freedom. Puri shows that the differences between the two men’s perspectives came from differently negotiated relationships to (and understandings of) tradition and modernity. Tagore was part of the Bengal renaissance and powerfully influenced by the idea that the Enlightenment consisted in the freedom of the individual to reason for herself. Gandhi, on the other hand, remained close to the Indian philosophical tradition which linked individual freedom to moral progress. Puri points out that Tagore cannot, however, be unreflectively assimilated to the Enlightenment project of Western modernity, for he came fairly close to Gandhi in rejecting the anthropocentricism of modernity and shared Gandhi’s belief in an enchanted cosmos.

The only single-authored volume on the Tagore-Gandhi debate, this book is a welcome addition to the existing literature.

Keywords

Gandhi Tagore and modernity Gandhi Tagore debate Gandhi Tagore truth Satyagraha Swarajya notion of freedom nation of truth

Authors and affiliations

  • Bindu Puri
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyUniversity Of DelhiDelhiIndia

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-81-322-2116-6
  • Copyright Information Springer India 2015
  • Publisher Name Springer, New Delhi
  • eBook Packages Humanities, Social Sciences and Law
  • Print ISBN 978-81-322-2115-9
  • Online ISBN 978-81-322-2116-6
  • Series Print ISSN 2211-1107
  • Series Online ISSN 2211-1115
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