Scholar and Spokesman: Benoy Sarkar on the West, Religion, Nationalism and Internationalism


  • Rohit Wanchoo Jagiellonian University, Poland; St. Stephens College, Delhi University, India



caste, race, nationalism, East and West, arthik unnati, Hinduism, vishwashakti


Benoy Kumar Sarkar was both a serious scholar of history and society and a spokesman who wanted to promote ideas of equality between East and West and highlight the secular achievements of the Hindus. He has been hailed as a pioneer of Neo-Indology, a premature postcolonial sociologist, a conservative nationalist and an anti-colonial internationalist. Elements of several ideologies can be found in his writings. This article assesses his critique of orientalist constructions of East and West, the features of Hinduism and Buddhism and their influence overseas, the peculiarities of nationalism and Hindu-Muslim relations in India and the conservative, authoritarian and cosmopolitan elements in his writings on nationalism and international affairs.

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Wanchoo, Rohit. 2021. “Scholar and Spokesman: Benoy Sarkar on the West, Religion, Nationalism and Internationalism”. Cracow Indological Studies 23 (1):157-96.