|Title||RISE OF NATIONALISM IN BANKIMCHANDRA’S ANANDAMATH|
Santosh Kumar Yadav, Dr. Sanjit Kumar Mishra & Dr. Nagendra Kumar
Despite the availability of historical evidences and a whole lot of discursive arguments, a number of Euro-centric scholars have denied India's fundamental claim and status as a nation. However, during the period of Indian Renaissance of nineteenth century, a time when there was a revival of the country’s nationalistic spirit, the writers and philosophers made notable attempts towards understanding and analysing the nationhood of this country, a country that boasted of its ancient and glorious past. In the same vein, Bankim Chandra’s novel "Anandamath" makes a significant attempt to depict the loss of identity that the India had been suffering from, and redefines the concept of nation and nationalism, a movement for asserting their self-pride which was in the offing simultaneously in other parts of the world. The present paper examines the role of Anandamath in determining a positive concept of nationalism.