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Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Hume's initiative was exploited by Tilak and Sri Aurobindo

East meets West, again! Asia Times Online May 2, 2012 INTERVIEW By Dinesh Sharma
Many well-meaning public thinkers in India have been influenced by Aurobindo's life and work and thrown their support behind Heehs.

Note the following words—“presumably”, “does not seem”, “seems to have”, “may have”, “would have”. Is this history or guesswork? is this History or Speculation? Krish Patwardhan

He argues that the conception of acquired freedom is advanced by the Stoics, the Church Fathers, Kant, Green, Hegel and Bosanquet and the conception of circumstantial freedom is advanced by Hobbes, Hume, Bentham and Mill.
Prominent among these was AO Hume, who wanted to "save the Indian youths from the influence of spiritual teachers" ... In August, 1893, six months after his return from England, Sri Aurobindo contributed to the Bombay weekly Induprakas...
While Naoroji got startled at his colleague Hume's tone, Aurobindo Ghosh (1872-1950) welcomed Hume's analysis and regretted that in the newly formed Congress Association, "the proletariat, the real key of the situation ...
The initiative taken by Hume was exploited by nationalist and revivalist leaders like Tilak and Aurobindo Ghosh. They were becoming dissatisfied with the rather stand although dignified procedure of the Congress led by the Liberals.
But, Aurobindo Ghose, a Bengali, returning to India, after a 14 year education in England, first at St.Pauls, London and thereafter at Kings College, Cambridge University, quickly set about proving both Hume and Macaulay wrong.
History Modern India - Page 138 S. N. Sen - 2006 - 244 pages
Aurobindo pointed out the widening gap between the rich and the poor and the imminence of a revolution of the proletariat. He criticised the Moderates for ignoring the proletariat 'the real key of the situation' and of 'playing with ... 12:39 PM

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