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Indian Critical Scene: Controversial Essays

C.D. Narasimhaiah (Author)
Synopsis Much harm has been done to the life of the mind in modern India, and to human relation, by pusillanimous considerations, as most of us would have constantly noticed, even highly respected people assume attitudes like “I quite agree with what you say, but how can I say it openly A small, compact society like the British, where people in professions known each other so well, have been able to live together in a civilized way without concealing their disagreements, thanks to the acknowledged modes of critical behaviour “ an open society expects it. Our traditional sahrdayata can be a great guiding code of conduct and if today it is not in vogue, we need to make it common currency rather than drive, differences underground for hush-hush talk, a sign of sick minds. It is good to invoke Gandhi's salutary stand: Indians must learn to say No And this has its roots in centuries of our magnificent intellectual tradition, be it religion, philosophy or poetics, hallowed by the concept of˜neti, neti not this, not this, which implicity encouraged exploration of alternate possibilities, thus enriching the life of the mind.
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C.D. Narasimhaiah

C.D. Narasimhaiah born in 1921, educated at the Universities of Mysore and Cambridge; held a Rockefeller Fellowship at Princeton, was visiting Lecturer at Yale; Honorary Fellow at Wisconsin and twice Consultant at East West Centre, Hawai, was Professor of English, University of Mysore and presently Director. The Literary Criterion Centre, Dhavanyaloka. Was visiting Professor at the Universities of Leeds, U.K. Queensland and Flinders (Australia) twice in Texas (USA); Peradeniya (Sri Lanka) Indian Institute for Advanced Study in Simla (India) and twice Resident Scholar at Bellagio (Italy). Has given Nehru and Gandhi Memorial Lectures, Tagore Lectures and half a dozen other Endowment Lectures at Various Universities. He is fellow of the International Centre of Arts and Letters (Switzerland); Leonardo da Vinci Centre, Italy, was Chairman of the Association for Commonwealth Literature and Language Studies. Author of Jawaharlal Nehru: Writings and Speeches; Writer’s Gandhi, The Human Indian, The Swam and the Eagle, Raja Rao, Novelist, The Moving Frontiers of English Studies in India; The Function of Criticism in India Today and edited works of criticism with his own contributions. Editor of The Literary Criterion since 1952.

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Title Indian Critical Scene: Controversial Essays
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.1990
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8170185998
length vi+304p., Index; 23cm.