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Mutual Regards

An Anthology of Indo-Irish Writings
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This is an anthology of parallel texts from the Irish and Indian intellectual traditions ranging over what scholars have said about the two countries’ histories of turmoil, their philosophies of mind and being, their myths and fantasies, their contemplative imagination as expressed in their lyrical poetry, their learning in medicine, history, linguistics and poetics, the records left about them by Irishmen who came to India and by Indians who went to Ireland, and the contemporary engagements between the two countries.
The volume shows that, despite major differences between the two countries, contacts and similarities between them have been substantial. The recorded testimonies of Irish people and Indians who have visited the respective countries demonstrate that in both cases the experience has been a warm and encouraging one, which has led the visitor to become more aware of what is meant by nationality, what he or she has acquired from his or her country of origin and what he or she has gained by contact with another society and another culture. That the two appear to share the same spirit of the self is attested by the fact that they both end up in the twentieth century, by coincidence or destiny, with the symbolism in their flags of the same three colours – orange, white, and green.
  • 13 Digit ISBN : 9788124608982
  • Edition : 1st Edition
  • Year : 2018
  • Pages : xvi, 712
  • Weight (approx.) : 1500
Acknowledgements
Figures and Illustrations
Introduction
1: The Scholar’s View
Ancient Geography
Classical Authors on India
Classical Authors on Ireland
Medieval Bestiary Lore: Irish Scribes and Indian Beasts
Medieval Geography
Relationships of Language
Ireland and India on the British Maps: Cartography, Map-making and Empire-building in Ireland and India 
The Case for Studying India: Max Müller
The Case for Studying Ireland: Matthew Arnold
Investigating Cultural Links
2: Defining the Nations
Part 1: The Early Years 
India in the Seventh Century: William Boulting
The Land of Gandhara
Ireland in the Seventh Century: Bede
Cultural Vandalism in Ireland
Part 2: The Age of Invasions
The Vikings in Ireland
India: The Moslem Conquest
India Under the Muslim Invaders: Alberuni’s Account
Cultural Impact of Islam
Cultural Vandalism in India: Destruction of Rudramahalaya
Apology and Refutation of Giraldus and Others: Geoffrey Keating 
India under the Mughal Empire
Part 3: The Establishment of British Rule
Ireland in the Imperial Mindset: Edmund Spenser
Bards, Instead of Poets
Consequences of the Colonial Power: Massacre in Ireland on Cromwell’s Siege of Drogheda
Ireland: Decline and Despair
Dáibhidh Ó Bruadair
Lamentation of the State of Things in Ireland in the Eighteenth Century
The Response to English Education in Ireland: Hedge Schools
Attitudes to British Rule: Irish People in Favour of Union
Irishmen Fighting for Independence
Part 4: The Nineteenth Century: Political and Cultural Nationalism 
Ireland in the Imperial Mindset: Phrenology
India in the Imperial Mindset: Language
Responses to English Language: Ireland
Effects of Colonial Rule: Famine in Ireland
Irish Responses to the Indian Revolution of 1857-59
The Land Question: Ireland
Consequences of Colonial Rule: Famine in India
Irish Home Rule
Responses to English Language in Ireland
Sri Aurobindo on Shaw, Ireland and India
An Irish Example
Cultural Awakening: India and Ireland
Indian Attitudes to the Colonial Power
Irish Attitudes to the Colonial Power
Indian Attitudes to the Colonial Power
Part 5: The Twentieth Century:
The Coming of Independence and Continuing Divisions
Indian Response to English Language and Education
Consequences of Colonial Power: Massacre in India
Indian Response to English Language and Education
Attitudes of the Colonial Power Towards India and Ireland, and the Inter-connectedness of Governing the British Empire, 1912-20s
Divided Societies in Ireland and India
The Traumas of Partition: Jinnah and Carson
Indian Response to English Language and Education
Fighting for Independence: Indian Home Rule
Gandhi on Passive Resistance
Means of Independence: Satyagraha, Gandhi’s Philosophy
Fighting Against British Rule: The Hunger Strike in India
“Fasting Against” in Early India
Sitting Dharana
Two Extracts from Early Irish Sources
Citation from Valmiki’s Ramayana: Bharata Fasting Against Rama
Constitutional Issues: Dominion Status
Fighting Against British Rule: The Irish Hunger Strike
Diary of Bobby Sands
Statement of Republican Prisoners at End of Second Hunger Strike
Constitutional Issues: Independent India
The Land Question: India
Post-Independence Indian Responses to English Language
3: Immaterialism: Mind and Being
Dharma as Truth
The Vedic Tradition
Hymn to the Goddess of Dawn
Satyakama: Speaking Truth as the Supreme Virtue
The Bhagavad-Gita
The Boon of Wisdom Preferred to Wealth
Ideal Kingship: India
Two Traditional Fables
Ideal Kingship: Ireland
Irish Seers and Mirabilia
Berkeley on Human Knowledge
Indian Seers
Celebration of Being an Indian
4: Myth, Supernaturalism and Fantasy
Indian Cosmology: The Concept of Patala Loka
Concept of Jambudvipa Bharatakhanda
The Embodied Universe
Lebor Gabála: Where Do the Irish Come From?
Irish Vision of the Otherworld
Ireland: On the Origin of the Universe
Metempsychosis and Transfiguration in India and Ireland
Ireland: The Branchedness of Irish Memory
A Devotee of Krishna: A Folk Narrative
Devotion to St. Brigit
Magic Realism
Irish Fairy Legends
5: The Contemplative Imagination
Indian Love Poetry
Bhartrihari’s Shringara Shataka
Shah Hussain (c. 1539-99)
Irish Love Poetry
Muireadhach Albanach Ó Dálaigh
Douglas Hyde
Death in War: Ireland
Death in War: India
6: Learning, Medicine, History, Language and Literature
Respect for Sages
Generosity to Learned Men
Zeal and Respect for Learning
Ayurveda: Indian Medical Science
Medical Knowledge in Sixth-century Ireland
History and the Notion of Memory
India’s Traditional Records and Annals
Daksha Yajna (Sacrifice) from Vayu Purana
Ireland: Preserving Historical Documents: Eugene O’Curry
Preserving the Past: Protection of Monuments and Lord Curzon
The “Save Tara” Campaign
Letter to Irish Times
Early Ideas of Language: India
Early Ideas of Language: Ireland
Aesthetic Theory and the Nature of the Theatre in India
Irish Reflections on Poetry from the Early Irish Sources
Decline of Poetic Forms in Seventeenth-century Ireland
7: Irish People in India and Indians in Ireland
Irish People in India: India as Anti-England
Lady Morgan
British Officers of Irish Descent in India
Irish Non-Christian Religious Activists in India: Max Arthur Macauliffe
Kipling
Christian Missionaries
Irish Religious Activists in India
Irish Feminists in India: Margaret Cousins
Indians in Ireland: Former President of India, V.V. Giri
Jawaharlal Nehru
Subhas Chandra Bose
Contemporary Engagements in Politics: from “a Little Hazy and a Little Romanticized” to “Dancing a Tango Together”
Extract from a Speech by the Taoiseach, Bertie Ahern TD, at the University of Mumbai, 20 January 2005
Appendix
Editors and Contributors
Index          Ksenia Kudenko, Séamus Mac Mathúna

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