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On Nationalism (Selected Writing and Speeches)

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Publisher's Note   The present volume is a selection of Sri Aurobindo's political writings and speeches. Most of the contents are from 1906-1910, when Sri Aurobindo was one of the leaders of the advanced nationalist school of Indian politics. During this period he edited and wrote for three newspapers in which the doctrines of this school were formulated. Two of these, Bande Mataram and Karmayogin, were in English, the other, Dharma, i...

Publisher's Note

 

The present volume is a selection of Sri Aurobindo's political writings and speeches. Most of the contents are from 1906-1910, when Sri Aurobindo was one of the leaders of the advanced nationalist school of Indian politics. During this period he edited and wrote for three newspapers in which the doctrines of this school were formulated. Two of these, Bande Mataram and Karmayogin, were in English, the other, Dharma, in Bengali. Few of his articles were signed, but there is little doubt that all those selected for inclusion here are from his pen. On Nationalism also includes some writings from before and after the period of Sri Aurobindo's active involvement in Indian politics. Dates of publication are given at the end of most pieces.

 

Apropos of a selection of Karmayogin articles published in 1937, Sri Aurobindo wrote that they should not be taken as representative of his views "on the burning problems of the day". To do so would be to suggest that there had been "no change in my views in 27 years (which would surely be proof of a rather unprogressive mind) .... My spiritual consciousness and knowledge at that time was as nothing to what it is now." Even more caution must be used in applying what Sri Aurobindo wrote in 1906-1910 to contemporary problems.

 

Contents

 

PART ONE (1893-1894)

India and the British Parliament

5

New Lamps for Old

9

PART TWO (1905 -1906)

Bhawani Mandir

65

Our Political Ideal (translation)

79

PART THREE (Bande Mataram, 1906-1908)

Partition and the Government

87

The Old Policy and the New

92

By the Way

95

The Man of the Past and the Man of the Future

99

The Results of the Congress

103

The Comilla Incident

107

British Protection or Self-Protection

113

The Doctrine of Passive Resistence

119

I. Introduction

121

II. Its Object

126

III. Its Necessity

132

IV. Its Methods

138

V. Its Obligations

144

VI. Its Limits

150

VII. Conclusions

155

The Leverage of Faith

161

Nationalism not Extremism

164

Shall India Be Free? - The Loyalist Gospel

168

Shall India Be Free? - National Development and

Foreign Rule

171

Shall India Be Free?

176

Shall India Be Free? - Unity and British Rule

179

Look on this Picture, then on That

184

Lala Lajpatrai Deported

188

The Crisis

190

Government by Panic

193

Mr. Morley's Pronouncement

195

Wanted, a Policy

199

Personal Rule and Freedom of Speech and Writing

202

Europe and Asia

206

Boycott and After

211

The 7th of August

214

Advice to National College Students (speech)

217

The Three Unities of Sankharitola

220

The Martyrdom of Bepin Chandra

224

The Unhindu Spirit of Caste Rigidity

228

The Nagpur Affair and True Unity

231

The Life of Nationalism

234

More about Unity

240

Caste and Representation

243

The Awakening of Gujarat

247

The Present Situation (speech)

251

The Glory of God in Man

266

Swaraj and the Coming Anarchy

269

The Village and the Nation

273

The Need of the Moment

277

Oligarchy or Democracy?

281

India and the Mongolian

286

The New Ideal

291

The Work Before Us

296

Palli Samiti (speech)

299

The Future and the Nationalists

304

The Wheat and the Chaff

308

Party and the Country

313

The One Thing Needful

317

New Conditions

321

The Parable of Sati

324

Ideals Face to Face

328

PART FOUR (1906-1908)

The Bourgeois and the Samurai

335

The Heart of Nationalism

355

The Morality of Boycott

360

PART FIVE (Karmayogin and Dharma, 1909-1910)

Uttarpara Speech

367

Ourselves

377

The Ideal of the Karmayogin

382

"Swaraj" and the Musulmans

388

The Hammer of God (speech)

391

The Awakening Soul of India

401

Opinion and Comments

407

The Right of Association (speech)

415

The Doctrine of Sacrifice

431

An Open Letter to My Countrymen

436

The Blood of Raktabij (speech)

447

The Power that Uplifts

455

Facts and Opinions

460

National Resurgence (translation)

464

The Past and the Future

469

The Meaning of Freedom (translation)

475

Mahomedan Representation

478

The Hindu Sabha

481

The Bomb Case and Anglo-India

486

The Country and Nationalism (translation)

488

A United Congress (translation)

491

To My Countrymen

496

National Education

501

A Practicable Boycott

506

The New Policy

512

The Necessity of the Situation

518

In Either Case

524

PART SIX (after 1910)

The Reform Proposals

531

Message to Cripps

533

A Note on The Wavell Plan

534

Sri Aurobindo's Position on India's Independence

535

The Fifteenth of August 1947

536

A Message on the Death of Gandhi

540

Message to the Andhra University

541

GLOSSARY

548

 

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Item Code: NAK601 Author: Sri Aurobindo Cover: Hardcover Edition: 1996 Publisher: Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Pondicherry ISBN: 8170584647 Language: English Size: 9.0 inch x 6.0 inch Pages: 560 Other Details: Weight of the Book: 870 gms
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