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Patel, Prasad and Rajaji: Myth of the Indian Right

Neerja Singh (Author) Sage Series in Modern Indian History

This book traces the debates around the concept of ‘Right and Right-wing Politics’ in the Indian political context.

Delineating the differing ideological positions held by Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, Dr Rajendra Prasad and C. Rajagopalachari on the one hand and of their leftist/socialist detractors and opponents on the other, this book questions the validity of using terms such as ‘Rightist’ or ‘Leftist’ based on Eurocentric notions without understanding the Indian context. It establishes the fact that these three Gandhian leaders did not represent conservative or reactionary forces. They, in fact, practised and promoted progressive ideas in their vision of socio-economic reconstruction of the country. Being anti-imperialists to the core, they stood for democratic and secular ideals promoting communal harmony effectively.

This study attempts to relook at the categorization of ‘Right’ and ‘Left’ in our national politics and stresses that history is not to be studied through the prism of politics. It is as much a book for the scholars and researchers as it is for anyone interested in Indian politics.

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About the author

Neerja Singh

Neerja Singh is an eco-ferminis associated with a non-governmental organization promoting women, child education, human rights and social development. She got her Ph.D. Degree in Public Administration and served different organizations and institutions in India. She has conducted many seminars and workshops on themes concerning poverty and conflicts.

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Bibliographic information

Title Patel, Prasad and Rajaji: Myth of the Indian Right
Author Neerja Singh
Format Hardcover
Date published: 06.08.2015
Edition 1st. ed.
Language: English
isbn 9789351502654
length xiv+298p., 23cm.
Subjects History