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Patel, Prasad and Rajaji: Myth of the Indian Right

by Neerja Singh SAGE Publications Pvt. Ltd
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Hbk 316 pages
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This book traces the debates around the concept of and lsquo;Right and Right-wing Politics and rsquo; 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 and lsquo;Rightist and rsquo;or and lsquo;Leftist and rsquo; 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 and lsquo;Right and rsquo; and and lsquo;Left and rsquo; 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.

Series Editors' Preface
Preface and Acknowledgements
Crisis of Paradigm: Historicity of the Concept of 'Right'
Social Vision of the Congress 'Right'
The Congress 'Right' and the Communal Question
Economic and Political Ideology of the Congress 'Right'
Strategic Issues
The Congress 'Right': The Princes and the State Peoples' Movement

In the book, the author defines the sharp differences between the Congress right and socialists…. One major issue that the methodological approach of this research highlights is that anti-western knowledge systems and categories of analysis cannot be rejected simply because they are European.

Neerja Singh is Associate Professor, Department of History, Satyawati College, University of Delhi. She did her PhD from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, under the supervision of Professor Bipan Chandra. Recipient of UGC National Research Award, the author is a renowned academic and has published two books namely, Gandhi-Patel: Letters and Speeches: Differences within Consensus and Nehru-Patel: Agreement within Differences. She has participated in many national and international seminars and presented papers.