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Volume 1 Issue 6

November 2014

Hindu Nationalism in the Poetry of Henry Louis Vivian Derozio and Aurobindo Ghose
Mr. Abhishek Chowdhury, 
Department of English, 
University of Kalyani, 
Nadia, West Bengal, India
The present paper reads the poems of Henry Louis Vivian Derozio and Aurobindo Ghose from postcolonial perspective. The present paper is a critique on the nationalist attitude in their poetry. It also deals with the notion of Islam phobia and Hindu fundamentalism. Derozio’s engendering nation as a female is a patriarchal idea. Aurobindo sees nation as mother, which is also patriarchal ideology. Nationalism in him is a spiritual imperative. Derozio in 19th century begins to construct a national identity emphasizing on its cultural heritage. Aurobindo, in the beginning of the twentieth century gives that identity a more emphasizing form. For both of them nationalism is male-centric and nation is anti-muslim.
Henry Louis Vivian Derozio; Aurobindo Ghose; Islam phobia, Hindu fundamentalism; Nationalism.
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