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Rabindranath Tagore’s Use of Guru Gobind Singh as a Nationalist Icon

  • Chhanda Chatterjee
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Abstract

This chapter focuses on Tagore’s endorsing of the Sikh Guru Gobind Singh as the ideal nationalist icon to be followed by the youths of his times. Tagore would not like to look to the West for ideas of nationalism. The Sikh and Maratha ideals of nation-building appeared to Tagore as the most perfect model for carving out a new nation in India. A memorable past seems to contain hopes for the future, and it was Tagore’s aim to recreate the ideal of the glorious past, associated with Guru Gobind Singh, in the contemporary context of inspiring the newly rising nation.

Keywords

Nation-building Indigenous icon Sikhism Leader Communalism 

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© Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla 2017

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Centre for Guru Nanak Dev Studies, Visva-BharatiSantiniketanIndia

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