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Ascetics and Revolutionaries: The “Political Sannyasi” in Indian Nationalistic Discourse

. Kishore Kumar Reddy Areevidu Asst. Professor, Dept. of English & Foreign Languages, Dr. B.R. Ambedkar Open University, Hyderabad


Aurobindo Ghose, identified as a revolutionary, a contemplative, and a Yogin; synthesized the spheres of political nationalism and Indian spirituality. The proposition delineated in this essay sets down as a stipulation, an assumption for an assessment of Aurobindo’s notions and discloses the implications of those principles for both political and religious functions. This inquiry would focus upon that phase of his life in which importance for both extremist political action and spirituality were held at the same time. Some of his writings and speeches, for instance, the well-known nationalist speech, the Uttarpara Speech, illustrate the significance of his ideas of “nation soul” are discussed. This phase covers the years from 1893 until 1910; the time he landed in India after being educated in Britain until he withdrew to experience a complete contemplative life at Pondicherry. The essay concludes by considering instances of aspects, viz. the spiritual religio-politics transfused with the general contrasting notions and values, which in turn provide an explanation for a spiritual nation.


Keywords: Ascetic Ideals, Indian Nationalistic Discourse, Political Sannyasi, Hindu Asceticism

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