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A Freethinking Cultural NationalistA Life History of Rahul Sankrityayan$
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Alaka Atreya Chudal

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780199466870

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199466870.001.0001

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An Indian Voice

(p.189) Chapter Four Hindi
A Freethinking Cultural Nationalist

Alaka Atreya Chudal

Oxford University Press

The final major turning of Sankrityayan’s intellectual journey is presented in this chapter. After a brief discussion on Sankrityayan’s involvement in the peasant movement and the Communist Party of India, it discusses Sankrityayan’s own notion of the Indian nation, one that set him apart from his fellow communists. How this difference of opinion led to his dismissal from the communist party will be a further subject of discussion. The reasons, too, behind his esteem for Hindi will be looked into. It will then explore Sankrityayan’s response to the printed word and how it came to be one of the main concerns in his life. The mixed response to Sankrityayan’s contraband books in Nepal is the final focus of this chapter.

Keywords:   Hindi, Hindi nationalism, print capitalism, Indian nation, Communist Party of India, Nepal, Sankrityayan’s writings

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