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Brahmanical and Bahujan traditions in Maharashtra

Veer Bharat Talwar, while underlining the distinguishing characteristics of the renaissance movement in Maharashtra, contends that it had three distinct streams. All the three were linked in one way or the other with the saint-poet tradition. While two of them drew sustenance from the Bhagwat Dharma, one was inspired by Phule and rejected Brahmanism outright


The kind of continuity that marks the history of Maharashtrian renaissance movement is missing elsewhere in India. During the British rule, the renaissance movement here was, on the one hand, influenced by Western thinking and, on the other hand, connected with its past, ie the saint-poet movement of the medieval era, before going on to be associated with the national Independence movement.

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Veer Bharat talwar

Senior Hindi critic Veer Bharat Talwar was a professor in the Centre for Indian languages, JNU. His book Rassakashi is counted among the leading treatises of Hindi criticism

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