Volgina E.V.

From Optimism to Disappointment: The Evolution of Swami Vivekananda’s Attitude towards the West

This article belongs to the body of imageological studies dealing with mutual perceptions of nations, communities and cultures as well as the idea of “Other”. The main topic is the evolution of attitude to the West in the works of Swami Vivekananda, who was a social and religious figure on the cusp of XIX – XX centuries and an ideologist of Indian nationalism. It is widely known that roots of the actual social and political thought in India go back to the period of colonialism. With the status of one of the most influential thinkers in modern India and attention paid to the legacy of Vivekananda by ruling Bharatiya Janata Party and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, his case appears to be of a considerable importance.