The uses of Sri Aurobindo: mascot, whipping-boy, or what?

  title={The uses of Sri Aurobindo: mascot, whipping-boy, or what?},
  author={Peter Heehs},
  journal={Postcolonial Studies},
  pages={151 - 164}
  • P. Heehs
  • Published 1 June 2006
  • History
  • Postcolonial Studies
While studying American history in school, my classmates and I were offered a collection of names, dates, places and events that were supposed to sum up what happened in one or another period. The complex web of political, social, economic and other factors that led up to the outbreak of the Revolutionary War was reduced to a handful of iconic terms: Jefferson, 1776, Philadelphia, Declaration of Independence, and so forth. These were strung together in a narrative that presumably represented… 
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