Nationalism, Gora and Tagore’s Vision of India

  • Manojit Mandal Associate Professor, English and Jt Coordinator, Centre for Disability Studies and Rehabilitation Jadavpur University, Kolkata..700032.


The discourse on nation and nationalism was vested with an entirely new dimension by
Benedict Anderson with the first appearance of his epoch making book in 1983. For him,
nation is imagined as limited with living human beings, has finite boundaries and it is not
coterminous with mankind. It is imagined as sovereign because the idea was born and taking
shape in an age that witnessed the massive transformation from the divinely-ordained,
hierarchical dynastic regime to the beginning of people’s rule or democracy at the backdrop of
Enlightenment and the French Revolution. A nation, Anderson writes, is “imagined as a
community, because, regardless of the actual inequality and exploitation that may prevail in
each, the nation is always conceived as a deep, horizontal comradeship. Ultimately it is this
fraternity that makes it possible, over the past two centuries, for so many millions of people, not
so much to kill, as willingly to die for such limited imaginings”.(Anderson: 1986, 6 ) He argues
that this remarkable comraderie among such people develops because of the cultural roots of
nationalism they share. In other words, Anderson lays stress on the cultural significations of the
citizens contributing to the idea of nation rather than their political situations.

How to Cite
MANDAL, Manojit. Nationalism, Gora and Tagore’s Vision of India. IJELLH (International Journal of English Language, Literature in Humanities), [S.l.], v. 6, n. 2, p. 14, feb. 2018. ISSN 2321-7065. Available at: <>. Date accessed: 18 mar. 2018.