“India has never had a real sense of nationalism.” Penned by Asia's first Nobel laureate, Rabindranath Tagore’s nationalism foregrounds his view of nationalism “as a great menace.” Suffused in four essays and a poem, the book tries to define ‘nation’ as a social construction levied to achieve a Mechanical purpose. The author, a mystic Orient, tries to unravel the dark reality of western nationalism and the repercussions of spiritually idealizing a nation. Delineating the complex maze of nationalism, its position in the world and its relation to India, Tagore emphasize that “there is only one history - The history of man. All National histories are merely chapters…”.
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