This book presents an alternative view of cosmopolitanism, citizenship and modernity in early 20th-century India through the multiple lenses of mysticism, travel, friendship, art, and politics.It makes a key intervention in the understanding of cosmopolitan modernity based on the lives and experiences of Rabindranath Tagore, Ananda Coomaraswamy, Sri Aurobindo, Mirra Alfassa, James Cousins, Paul Richard, Dilip Kumar Roy, and Taraknath Das. Using archival texts and photographs, Mohanty interrogates the ideas of tradition and modernity, the local and the global, and Self and the world as integral to the conception of a cosmopolitan world order.
The volume will interest scholars and students of modern Indian history, comparative literature, cultural studies, Indian philosophy, and South Asian studies and the general reader.
Sachidananda Mohanty is Professor, and former Head, Department of English, University of Hyderabad, India.
Preface. Acknowledgements. Introduction: Cosmopolitanism and Cultural Citizenship 1. The Celtic Twilight: The Eastern Journey of James Cousins 2. Utopian Longings and the French Connection: Paul Richard and the Politics of Friendship 3. Yoga for a New World: Dilip Kumar Roy and Sri Aurobindo 4. `The World in a Nest': The Cosmopolitanism of Rabindranath Tagore 5. Cosmopolitanism through the Arts: The Art Criticism of Ananda Coomaraswamy and Sri Aurobindo 6. The Revolutionary as the Cosmopolitan: The Many Lives of Taraknath Das. Conclusion