By Bindu Puri
Among 1915 and 1941, Tagore (1861-1941) and Gandhi (1869-1948) differed and argued approximately many stuff of non-public, nationwide, and foreign significance---satyagraha, non-cooperation, the boycott and burning of international textile, the efficacy of fasting as a way of resistance and Gandhi’s mantra connecting “swaraj” and “charkha”. the writer tracks the advance of this discussion and argues that the controversy used to be approximately extra primary matters, corresponding to the character of fact and swaraj/freedom and the probabilities of untruth that Tagore observed in Gandhi’s routine for fact and freedom. Puri exhibits that the variations among the 2 men’s views got here from another way negotiated relationships to (and understandings of) culture and modernity. Tagore used to be a part of the Bengal renaissance and powerfully motivated via the concept the Enlightenment consisted within the freedom of the person to cause of herself. Gandhi, however, remained on the subject of the Indian philosophical culture which associated person freedom to ethical development. Puri issues out that Tagore can't, notwithstanding, be unreflectively assimilated to the Enlightenment undertaking of Western modernity, for he got here rather with regards to Gandhi in rejecting the anthropocentricism of modernity and shared Gandhi’s trust in an enchanted cosmos. the single single-authored quantity at the Tagore-Gandhi debate, this ebook is a great addition to the prevailing literature.