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Prof. Basu talks about the social understanding of caste as an agency and institution of social divisions in the colonial times as well as in the post-colonial state.
Rabindranath Tagore’s ideas about caste have received the least attention from historians. Even though Tagore’s oeuvre has been lauded mainly for its literary value, it may be said that in his writings he was definitely vocal about social and political issues, caste being one of them. Tagore…
This module explores how the institution of caste has been used to understand Indian society since the mid-19th century. The overview article is on Rabindranath Tagore's ideas and opinions about caste; allied articles focus on perceptions of caste by the literati of 19th-century Bengal and on the …
Born Kedarnath Pandey, during the ‘high noon of the Raj’, he came to be referred to as ‘Mahapandit’ during his lifetime. This was an epithet fondly bestowed upon him by Brahmins in recognition of his peerless command over the Sanskrit language and extant ancient Indian religious literature. It is…