Ananda K. Coomaraswamy’s Essays in National Idealism: Crafting Inclusive Nationalism


  • Sanjay Kumar Professor, Department of English Banaras Hindu University Varanasi, India


This paper proposes to look at Ananda Kentish Coomaraswamy’s vision of nationalism as articulated in his Essays in National Idealism (1981). In the fifteen essays that the volume comprises, Coomaraswamy deals with a wide range of subjects like nationalism, various aspects of national struggle, Indian nationality, aims and methods of Indian art, education in India, swadeshi, Indian music etc. The volume serves two-fold purpose: to inspire and guide the Indians towards their desired goal and to set right the wrong notions of Westerners regarding India. He aims at building a free India with close ties with the rest of the world. The basic premise of modern Western nation-state is discontinuity and rupture with the past. It is only by consciously disowning the past that modern nation-states come into being. The paper argues that Coomaraswamy, defying the basic tenets of western nationalism, recalls the past and claims it to be the constitutive aspect of Indian nationalism


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Kumar, S. (2019). Ananda K. Coomaraswamy’s Essays in National Idealism: Crafting Inclusive Nationalism. SMART MOVES JOURNAL IJELLH, 7(7), 13. Retrieved from