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Author: Nirad C. Chaudhuri
Publisher: Chatto & Windus (October 1965)
Language: English
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The book's dedication, Chaudhuri observed, "was an imitation of what Cicero said about the conduct of Verres, a Roman proconsul of Sicily who oppressed Sicilian Roman citizens, who in their desperation cried out: "Civis romanus sum". The Continent of Circe, published in 1965, traces Chaudhuri's doggedly independent-minded ideas on the social, geo-political, and historical aspects of sub-continental India across millennia. An extended sequel to his famous autobiography, titled Thy Hand, Great Anarch! was published in 1988. Nirad C Chaudhuri is accused of being in secret connivance with the British and leaked information about the whereabouts of Sarat Chandra Bose.

The Continent of Circe (1965) is a book of essays written by Indian author Nirad C. Chaudhuri that was winner of the Duff Cooper Prize for 1966. The author's thesis is that militarism has been a way of life there from time immemorial.

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The Continent of Circe" was a 1965 book of essays written by Indian author Nirad C. Chaudhuri.

1959) followed by The Intellectual in India (1967).

Nirad C. Chaudhuri (Bengali: নীরদ চন্দ্র চৌধুরী Nirod Chôndro Choudhuri) (23 November 1897 – 1 August . His 1965 work The Continent of Circe earned him the Duff Cooper Memorial Award, becoming the first and only Indian to be selected for the prize.

He was born in 1897 in Kishoreganj, which today is part of Bangladesh but at that time was part of Bengal, a region of British India. He is known for his hostility to Islam and Hindu extremist ideology. Chaudhuri was educated in Kishorganj and Kolkata (then known as Calcutta).

This page is dedicated to Nirad C. To the memory of The British Empire in India, which conferred subjecthood on us but withheld citizenship; to which yet every one of us threw out the challenge: 'civis britannicus sum,' because all that was good and living within us was made, shaped, and quickened by the same British rule. 16 June 2015 ·. I understood the life around me better, not from love, which everybody acknowledges to be a great teacher, but from estrangement, to which nobody has attributed the power of reinforcing insight.

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At many levels this is a terrible book.

What does it prove? It does prove that he had considerable felicity with the English language. Did he use it well while writing this book? No. He weaves in and out of topics like a river flowing down to the delta. Except that, unlike the river, there is no consistency in what he writes. It is virtually impossible to follow his train of thought.

He is undoubtedly well read and, even if I put the writings in the context of the historical research available in the 1960's, I would say that he prefers to put his own prejudices ahead of research. I do not, for instance, why he insists that Hindus have traditionally hated Muslims, or vice-versa. This is incorrect

The only area where I do agree with him, is when he debunks the myth of Indian pacifism

Thankfully, this book will fade away and just be regarded as an exercise in oddity
Nirad C Chaudhari, who lived most of his later life in Britain and died there a few years ago just a little short of hundred, has presented in this book his deep understanding of the Indian culture and Hinduism.

He repeatedly maintains that he technically is a Shudra: the lowest caste among the Hindus, who are not touched by Brahmans. His criticism of the Independence heroes of India and the writer Rabinrda Nath Tagore is plausible and a little intemperate, if one is to consider it in the present context, when most of the people he criticized has been deified to the extent that they are considered beyond any scrutiny.

Also is remarkable in this book his recognition of the Hindu militarism and its going unacknowledged by the conquerors who ruled India for centuries after vanquishing it. It is presented as something different than the militarism of other cultures and is often directed inwards; self-wounding, in other words. It remains dormant to appear sporadically and surprisingly in the Indian history. The assassination of Mahatma Gandhi by a Hindu zealot is an example of it. Nirad's analysis in this regard is important as he was hired as a military expert by the colonial British government during the second world war.

Nirad Chaudhri has intended in this book to put ahead the debate that the Aryans of India were migrants from the West and became brown by the 'sun and wind' of the continent over the centuries.

Their inability to accept the black colour as equal; and their love and appreciation of rivers and other traits Nirad had presented as a proof to this end. The waters of a holy river lapping the ample breasts of a half-naked Hindu woman, while she is chest deep in it to offer prayer to the deities, while the naked Naga Sadhus pass through a holy river bank nearby, with their genitals pierced and chained to suggest their celebrate lives and the detachment from the worldly matters, is a scene depicted in the book. To explain the times, people and attitudes the writer knew.

He has hinted at the unavailability of Hindu women for blacks, unlike the European or American women, as a proof of the loathing the black color receives from Hindu higher caste. He maintains that Hindus are incapable of seeing any beauty in black colored people. This all may look a needless point, unsuitable for this remarkable book, that otherwise has an acuity rarely seen in the work of recent authors from the continent, and the writer's deep study of the Hindu religious books which the author refers to frequently in this book, and his first hand knowledge of the Sanskrit language, which a few present scholar could claim of. Nirad was not called `Brown-sahib' for nothing.

Then he focuses on the matter of cow slaughter and debates that eating cow meat is nowhere prohibited in Hindu religious books. And he argues that Indian cows are more beautiful than the cows anywhere else. Nirad maintains that it is due to the color only that the buffalo milk is unacceptable to higher caste Hindus, though it is more nutritious than the cow milk. Also the buffalo is slaughtered in the religious ceremonies of Hindus.

Nirad also dwells on the issue of Hindu sexuality, sounding a little prudish, when he rejects the ancient erotic art carved on the caves in South India, which has largely remained Hindu in spite of the foreign conquests, and the literature like Kamasutra, as of little value and not the genuine representative of Hindu Sexuality. He argues that it is lecherous in nature and is meant to stimulate or satisfy the physically incapable or mentally perverted, men or women. He also disapproves of the Western curiosity and appreciation of the same. He states that the Hindu way of sex is not Gandhian non-violent type. Then he goes on to express his dismay when he noticed among an old married couple in his childhood, the amount of verbal abuse, sallies and innuendos going on, and the man mostly receiving them. Though they looked perfectly happy to the other people.

He maintains that there is much self-wounding and violence taking place among a married Hindu couple than ever noticed or reported, by the scholars - indigenous or foreign. The latter actually have no means to understand the cultural nuances of Hindu society, Nirad often asserts.

He also reports the continuous emotional black-mail a Hindu man, particularly a jobless one, suffers for the sex he receives from his wife. The thought of the sex he would be receiving from his wife in the night keeps him going through all the harshness he is subjected to, by his wife or the larger world, for his joblessness or other matters, keeps him going on, as per Nirad Chaudhary. The couple hating each other to the utmost go to bed and fulfill their carnal desire in the dark, and detest each other for it and everything else the next day, to became again aroused br the desire by the evening; never coming out of the fatigue of copulation really. Gratifying oneself by courtesans is what most people could not afford and having extra marital relations always entails a risk of another marriage, and a lot of family quarrel and sufferings, more than anything else.

But he also mentions the Hindu capacity to ignore the inevitable adultery in some cases. These observations are of a time Nirad lived in India in the pre and post independence period mostly. They may look relevant or not in today's context, when the Hindu sexuality too, like many other things, has undergone a remarkable shift.

Nirad substantiates most of his arguments in this regard by quoting from saskrit and French or Latin literature, displaying his eclectic source of knowledge, to lend credence to the same. Defying his tyrannical observations would take a longer apprenticeship with an intellectual career and greater insight than his, though the information are more readily available nowadays. Being a low caste person, his scholarship is more significant than most of the higher caste Hindus of any renown.

This book also has dealt with the attitudes of English rulers before Indian independence and shows how much they were worried about the mob overwhelming them and a possible sabotage. It was an uneasy relationship well explored by Nirad.

And at times the arguments may appear without any sound proofs, which the author forwards with emotions, having ran out of the quotes in different languages; and it seems the author is never ready to concede on anything he is arguing about. But it was a book written more then fifty years back. So such flaws could be ignored. Considering the fact that even today this is how matters are debated in the Indian Continent--with emotions than reasons.

For the people interested in the history of the Indian sub-continent, which is not much reported nowadays, or is tempered with, even in the academic papers, this book is a delightful read. If one can ignore the singular flaw of the book: Of presenting the Aryans or Indians as the European Migrant.
As an Indian who has read this book, I think that Nirad Chaudhury is more accurate as a Sociologist and Anthropologist than as a Historian. One major theme of his book- of the Indian Aryans being from Eastern Europe/South West Russia- has been weakened by genetic studies (much to the relief of Hindu nationalists who always took an opposing view!). However, in other places, he is surprisingly correct, insightful, candid and original.
On the whole, one should not be taking everything he says at face value- however, full marks must be given to him for being thought provoking or even just provoking- in other words, quite entertaining! Also, the prose would enrich your English language, apart from Latin, French and Sanskrit!
The relation to India of Circe is simple.
If one reads th ebook once it willbe known.
Circe was a beautiful lady in Greek Mythology.
ANYONE who saw her no matter how pious and sinless he would become cunning to obtain her.

India is as beautiful as CIRCE.
ALL invaders who looked at her from Aryans, to Mughals to the British became scoundrels and tried to rape her, and pillage her and never had good intentions for her.

A Classic book.
It is at par with socrates and plato for Indians.
Category it coems udner is Psycho-History.
I hope it helps.
Nirad C Chowdhry was an extra-ordinary scholar so inebriated with his superior literary skills that he thought he was a professional historian, an anthropologist and a social scientist as well. He was a failure financially in India, so vented his anger against the govt. and Indian people etc. When his Indian wife died, we migrated to UK to work and he married a Brit. UK rewarded his work as it benefited them in some way. He was a colonial "left over" and he (rightfully) stank.
In summary, he NEVER engaged in any positive criticism about his country and his people.
Nirad Chaudhuri, in The Continent of Circe (Circe, a Greek mythological character, whose relation to India remains unexplained) propounds the same old 'white supremacy' theories that have already been rejected, including the so-called "Invasion of Aryans" (of the continent) to his own warped interpretation of Hinduism. He wishes to show-off his talent in Latin and other European languages (with no footnotes) and I am, because of my lack of erudition, unable to judge the level of his understanding. Overall, this is a severely biased and incorrect interpretation of the history and social conditions of the Indian subcontinent, by a crusty old lackey of the British empire. Thankfully, he left India and settled in England and is now dead and gone!