Benoy Kumar Sarkar (1887–1949)

  • Vineeta Sinha


Benoy Kumar Sarkar was a pioneering thinker who was confronting late nineteenth-century modernity and making sense of this complex phenomenon. Sarkar was an interlocutor who critically engaged theories of modernity presented by those who would later be crowned the founding fathers of Sociology. Sarkar operated with a cosmopolitan, trans-Asian frame of reference and recognized unifying forces in the space labelled ‘Asia’ despite the diversity and complexity within. He was writing at the turn of the twentieth century, from a non-Western locale, but deeply and critically engaged with social science concepts, theories, issues and problematics current in the ‘West.’ He is conspicuous as an early critic of European theorizing about Asia, in general, and India, in particular, and offers alternative readings of the same.


Hindu positivism Critique of orientalism Creative disequilibrium Despotocracy and democracy Freedom and inequality 


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  • Vineeta Sinha
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  1. 1.SociologyNational University of SingaporeSingaporeSingapore

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