Thursday, April 09, 2009

Sri Aurobindo developed a personal/individualistic philosophy to free his motherland

Indianexpress.com Express News Service Posted: Thursday , Apr 09, 2009 at 0203 hrs IST New Delhi:
Personalities in Indian Railways: Chittaranjan Das Among the personages who shaped the destiny of the Indian struggle for freedom, Chittaranjan Das ranks as one of the most prominent patriots who sacrificed his all for the country’s cause...
After a series of sensational criminal cases in which he used his vast knowledge of the British Law for the defence of patriots and the advancement of the cause of India’s freedom, the most famous being Sri Aurobindo Ghose, who was accused in the Alipore Bomb Conspiracy case. A founder of the Swaraj Party within the freedom movement, he advocated fighting the British Raj from within the council chambers.

The Statesman Thursday 9 April 2009 Lasting liaison
A recent seminar on the Bengal-Britain connection organised by the department of English, Calcutta University, revealed how clich├ęd post-colonial interpretations are gradually being subverted in a more capacious pluralistic context. Prasita Mukherjee explains: BENGAL-BRITAIN connections hidden are not about orientalism/occidentalism but about mutual making. Such was the tagline of the workshop: Mutual Making ~ Bengal and Britain organised by the department of English (DRS Phase-II) of Calcutta University on 18 March in collaboration with Open University, London, Oxford University and King’s College, London. Over the years, from the colonial to the post-colonial period, there has been a paradigm shift in the manner of reviewing these relations, thereby giving birth to the pertinent concepts of acculturation, cross-fertilisation, hybrid identities and cultural appropriation. Thus the Foucauldian concept of power is gradually being subverted in the context of pluralism, as there is a constant attempt to homogenise heterogeneous cultures across the globe...
Spiritualism has been an inherent part of Indian culture and Professor Krishna Sen observed that the pacifists in the Generation of the Thirties like Heard, Huxley, Joad and Isherwood used the teachings of Sri Ramkrishna who was considered to be an “embodiment” of liberal education. She also emphasised on the importance of an osmotic alliance between Bengal and Britain that should follow an elliptical orbit in the years to come. The situation is quite contrary in Sri Aurobindo’s case; educated in London as a “brown Englishman” he developed a personal/individualistic philosophy, imbued in Western culture which he used incessantly to free his motherland. The Vedanta, Brahmo Samaj, the National Indian Association and Rammohan Roy’s influence were also addressed, and it would rather be quite apt to call this group the Asian Bloomsbury. (The author is project fellow, department of English, Calcutta University, and part-time lecturer, Shri Shikshayatan College, Kolkata.)

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