23 March 2014

Kavalam Madhava Panikkar On Swami Vivekananda

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Kavalam Madhava Panikkar or K. M. Panikkar (Malayalam: കെ.എം. പണിക്കർ, June 3, 1895 – December 10, 1963) was an Indian scholar, journalist, historian, administrator and diplomat. Some of his notable works in English language are Essays on Educational Reconstruction in India (1920), Sri Harsha of Kanauj: a monograph on the history of India in the first half of the 7th century A. D. (1922), Indian Nationalism: its origin, history, and ideals (1923), The Working of Dyarchy in India, 1919-1928 (1928) etc. A detailed biography of Panikkar is available at Wikipedia. In this article you will find Kavalam Madhava Panikkar's quotes and comments on Swami Vivekananda.

Kavalam Madhava Panikkar told—
What gave Indian nationalism its dynamism and ultimately enabled it to weld at least the major part of India into one state was the creation of a sense of community among the Hindus to which the credit should to a very large extent go to Swami Vivekananda. This new Shankaracharya may well be claimed to be a unifier of Hindu ideology. Travelling all over India he not only aroused a sense of Hindu feeling but taught the doctrine of a universal Vedanta as the background of the new Hindu reformation. ... The Hindu religious movements before him were local, sectarian and without any all India impact. The Arya Samaj, the Brahmo Samaj, the Deva Samaj and other movements, very valuable in themselves, only tended further to emphasize the provincial character of the reform movements. It is Vivekananda who first gave to the Hindu movement its sense of nationalism and provided most of the movements with a common all-India outlook.


  • The Determining Periods of Indian History, Panikkar, Kavalam Madhava, Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Bombay, 1962, p.53.

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