Nationalism and Progressive Politics in India

Authors

  • Randhir Singh

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.14452/MR-045-06-1993-10_2

Keywords:

History, Imperialism

Abstract

In historical terms, nationalism is not in itself progressive or reactionary, secular or communal, democratic or authoritarian, or anything else that can be expressed in simple categories of better or worse. It all depends upon its specific character, its program and leadership, and above all else, its concrete historical context. Nationalism in India before 1947 was indeed progressive, but under a different, more advanced class leadership it could have been radical, even revolutionary, because it aimed at resolving the basic structural contradictions concentrated in imperialism, whose resolution alone could clear the path for the Indian people's continuing struggle for a better future.

Published

1993-11-02

Issue

Section

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