Rupa to Publish SRI AUROBINDO AND INDIA’S REBIRTH by Michel Danino
ABOUT THE BOOK: Revolutionary, philosopher, litterateur, and seer, Sri Aurobindo remains one of the brightest minds India has ever had. This book captures the evolution of his thought through excerpts from his political articles and speeches, essays, talks with and letters to disciples, and public messages—presented chronologically. It includes his views on Jawaharlal Nehru and Subhas Chandra Bose; his doubts about Gandhi’s method to attain freedom and insistence on Ahimsa; and his very distinctive contribution to the nascent Nationalist Movement. Both prophetic of the challenges to come India’s way post-Independence, and persuaded of her potential to overcome them, Sri Aurobindo’s vision of a new India melds the spiritual with the political.
More than sixty years after his passing, Sri Aurobindo’s penetrating insights on issues such as building on India’s cultural and spiritual foundations, a national agenda for education, Hindu–Muslim coexistence and the need to distinguish reason from a blind imitation of the West, continue to resonate.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Michel Danino is a French-born Indian author and scholar who was awarded the Padma Shri in 2017 for his contribution to literature and education. He is faculty at the Indian Institute of Technology, Gandhinagar, where he also assists its Archaeological Sciences Centre.
Some of Danino’s works include the translation of ten volumes of Mother’s Agenda from French to English; editing India the Mother; and authoring The Lost River: On the Trail of the Sarasvati, and Indian Culture and India’s Future. He was also co-editor, of a two-volume textbook—Knowledge Traditions and Practices of India, for a CBSE elective course for Class XI and XII.