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Amiya P. Sen: An Idealist in India: Selected Writings and Speeches of Sister Nivedita
| Primus Books recently published the book “An Idealist in India: Selected Writings and Speeches of Sister Nivedita” by Amiya P. Sen, current chair holder of the Heinrich-Zimmer Chair at the South Asia Institute.|The volume puts together representative speeches and writings of Sister Nivedita. This selection encompasses among other things the education of Indian women, Hindu religion and mythology, and issues of the emerging Indian nationalism of these times.
Margaret Elizabeth Noble, better known as Sister Nivedita, was a Scots-Irish social worker, author, teacher and a disciple of Hindu monk Swami Vivekananda.
Prof. Amiya P. Sen has been the chair holder of the Heinrich-Zimmer Chair at the South Asia Institute since 2014. Apart from his position at the South Asia Institute, he currently teaches at the Department of History & Culture at the Jamia Millia Islamia University, New Delhi. His prime focus of interest is the intellectual and cultural history of Modern India. He has published widely on Hinduism as well as biographical studies on eminent Indian historical figures.
Posterity has often judged Margaret Elizabeth Noble (1867-1911), better known as Sister Nivedita as well as her guru, Swami Vivekananda (1863-1902), in widely different ways. Opinion remains divided over whether or not the Swami was more a patriot than prophet and Nivedita’s biographers too have read her life and work variously, aided perhaps by the fact that the Sister remained deeply committed to the memory of her Master and his ideas even as she was increasingly drawn to a life of active politics, which, paradoxically, had been forbidden by none other than the Master himself. However, it is just as possible that neither Vivekananda nor his most illustrious disciple felt that there was an innate conflict between the spiritual and the social, between the quest for personal salvation and the collective emancipation of the masses. Arguably, their deep and abiding commitment to India and Indians creatively bridged such seeming differences.
Coinciding with her 150th birth anniversary, the present Anthology puts together in a handy, commemorative volume, representative speeches and writings of Sister Nivedita. Suitably annotated, these selections cover a wide array of subjects, ranging from the education of Indian women, Hindu religion and mythology to issues born of the burgeoning Indian nationalism of the times. There is also a substantive introduction that comments upon and contextualizes the selections included.
11 Jul 2016