Re-building and ‘re-dressing’: How humanities and social sciences can help heal Indian civilisation

The genocide of the Indic people is not an inadvertent consequence of economic exploits by foreign plunderers and political expansionists, either. It has deeper cultural and religious roots

‘Indian perspective’ implies that unique outlook on things and ideas, which arises out of the first-hand experience of day-to-day lived realities of the Indian people. It is a perspective which is formed by the realities of India’s past, the exigencies of its present, and aspirations of future. Wikimedia Commons

Sometime between 1928 and 1930, at a particularly critical moment of our history when the political atmosphere of India was astir with frequent calls for “Poorna Swaraj” (Total Independence) from the British Raj, issued by our notable leaders and the masses alike, Acharya Krishna Chandra Bhattacharya (India’s best-known academic philosopher of the colonial period, and fondly remembered by his initials as KCB) gave a discourse at a meeting of the students of the Hooghly College, an institution located in the present-day West Bengal. At that time, KCB was principal of this college; and the discourse that he gave at this meeting of students came to be known as “Swaraj in Ideas”, published posthumously in the form of an essay, not too long and eminently free of jargons. In this discourse, KCB offered a passionate but thoroughly rational argument in favour of cultural and intellectual emancipation preceding a society’s political emancipation, or, at least, coinciding with it.

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