Theosophy and the origins of the Indian National Congress

  title={Theosophy and the origins of the Indian National Congress},
  author={Mark Bevir},
  journal={International Journal of Hindu Studies},
  • M. Bevir
  • Published 2003
  • History
  • International Journal of Hindu Studies
ConclusionNo doubt the Western conceptualization of the East generally served to subjugate the Indians to their colonial rulers, but it also provided a set of beliefs to which disgruntled Western occultists and radicals, and also Western-educated Indians, could appeal in order to defend the dignity and worth of Indian religion and society. No doubt the founding theosophists had no intention of promoting political radicalism on the subcontinent, but the discourse they helped to establish… 
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