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- DescriptionThe full impact of Swami Sahajanand Saraswati on the social and political history of twentieth-century India is only w beginning to be fully understood and appreciated. A man of ermous intellectual and personal complexity he came from Eastern U.P. while his major political role was played out in the neighbouring state of Bihar in the Bihar Provincial Kisan Sabha and after 1936 on the national stage in All India Kisan Sabha. The Khet Mazdoor tract presented here in an edited translation and in the original Hindi, provides textual access to an activist constantly on the leading edge of social, cultural, and political change, which for Sahajanand had to be transformational in character. Hence, given his background in representing the interests of peasant tenants in the early and middle 1930s, it is t surprising to find him here arguing the case for agricultural labourers and the rural poor on the margins of the Indian social experience. But who cares for the poor? he asks rhetorically, and in the five short chapters of this essay he vividly describes their condition and their history and submits proposals for change that in many respects have as much relevance in 1994 as they did in 1941. Professor Hauser has rendered an easily readable English translation of Sahajanands tract and an invaluable glossary which will serve to introduce both general and specialist readers to the richly descriptive language Sahajanand employed in making his argument. Hausers editorial tes provide the broader intellectual and ideological context within which Sahajanand discussed the social and political of rural India in the 1930s and 1940s. In his brief introduction Professor Hauser examines the career and some of the salient writings of the Swami and brings into sharp focus the core of his philosophy and activism during the crucial years of transition in the political life of the nation.
- Author(s)Walter Hauser
- PublisherManohar Publishers and Distributors
- Date of Publication01/01/2005
- SubjectSocial Sciences: Textbooks & Study Guides
- Place of PublicationNew Delhi
- Country of PublicationIndia
- ImprintManohar Publishers and Distributors
- Width145 mm
- Height225 mm
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