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Elements of Nineteenth Century Hindu Thought Reflected in Three Novels By Mulk Raj Anand

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Title: Elements of Nineteenth Century Hindu Thought Reflected in Three Novels By Mulk Raj Anand
Authors: Bates, J.A.
Issue Date: 26 Sep 2014
Publisher: University of Hawaii at Manoa
Abstract: India is today the world's largest constitutional democracy. To merit this distinction she has gone, in less than two hundred years, from a decaying and fragmented despotism through a protracted period of colonial rule to full independence under a constitution of her on design. The government of India has all the parliamentary machinery found in the west and espouses platitudes about democracy and equality one might hear in England or America. In India, as elsewhere, it is the literate segment of the population that makes the rules. Actually, of this group it is a tiny intelligentsia that makes the great political and social decisions which are enforced by a vast bureaucracy which includes the Indian civil service. Some argue that, with respect to India, it is the ability of a government to retain the loyalty of this bureaucracy which determines whether it will stand or tall. This may well be true of the British who retained the loyalty of this "middle class" through the Mutiny of 1857 and then gradually lost it through their refusal to recognize its interests in matters of government and politics. There occurred at this point an estrangement between the rulers and their chief servants and the servants went on to form the core of a rising national movement which was but one aspect or a general intellectual awakening in nineteenth century India.
Pages/Duration: v, 107 pages
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