About the Book
A FASCINATING AND RIGOROUS EXAMINATION OF KABIR’S LIFE AND POETRY AND HIS RELEVANCE TODAY, FOR BOTH THE SCHOLAR AND GENERAL READER
As the right wing tries to claim Kabir for itself, while other conservatives disown him and yet others portray him as a secular idol beyond religion, the poet has never been so misunderstood. Coming from the Nirgun bhakti tradition, the words of this fifteenth-century poet have the power to reach beyond time and speak to us today.
Was he a Hindu or Muslim or was he beyond religion?
Did he try to cultivate a new faith or did he eschew organised religion altogether?
Was his modernity an exception or a reflection of the times he lived in?
What does Kabir’s life and poetry tell us about this nation’s past and present?
In this rare appraisal of Kabir’s writings and his life, Purushottam Agarwal approaches this timeless poet-revolutionary with little preconceptions, presenting him the way the poet wanted to be seen, rather than what his followers and fans want to see in him.
About the Author
Born in 1955, Purushottam Agrawal served as member of Union Public Service Commission of India from 2007 to 2013. Before this, he was chairperson, Centre of Indian Languages, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. He has been visiting professor at Cambridge University, UK, and is a British Academy fellow at Wolfson College there. He has also been a visiting professor at EL Colegio de Mexico. A well-known panelist on TV debates, Agrawal hosted a unique show on books called Kitab on Rajya Sabha TV.
|Title:||Kabir, Kabir: The life and work of the early modern poet-philosopher|
|Number Of Pages:||284 pages|
|Place of Publication:||India|
|Reading age :||18 years and up|
|Release date:||11 September 2023|