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Alfred Russel Wallace Notes 9: The South Asian Connection
  • Charles H Smith
  • Sahotra Sarkar
  • Nirmali Wijegoonawardana
Alfred Russel Wallace (1823−1913) is best known for his natural history explorations and theoretical biology, but he was also a potent social critic on subjects ranging from land tenure and colonial policy to antivaccinationism and poverty. Here, one of his emphases in the latter domain is spotlighted: his interest in South Asian affairs. This extended to a variety of subjects in the areas of politics, economics, health, literature, sociology, etc., and to a degree that may have had some influence on the development of thought of some major South Asian figures, including Mahatma Gandhi and Ananda K. Coomaraswamy.  
  • South Asia,
  • India,
  • Sri Lanka,
  • social criticism,
  • colonial policy
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Charles H Smith, Sahotra Sarkar and Nirmali Wijegoonawardana. "Alfred Russel Wallace Notes 9: The South Asian Connection" (2019)
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