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The Indian Metamorphosis

Essays on Its Enlightenment, Education, and Society

Authors: Maharatna, Arup

  • Offers original and fresh insights into India’s post-independence predicaments and into her long and endemic crises in ideational, political, economic and socio-cultural spheres while also unraveling the implications for concrete actions and policy programmes to help remedy them
  •  Highlights how India has persistently evaded – at its own peril – the core ideas and values of the Enlightenment
  •  Discusses India’s myriad current impasses in various spheres – economic, political and socio-cultural
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This book examines various ideational, attitudinal and intellectual impasses that are becoming glaringly apparent on several fronts, and which have held back India’s balanced, steady and uniform development and transformation post-independence. It argues that all of these ideational and attitudinal aberrations stem from one basic fact, namely that India, throughout the entire period since the onset of modern industrial secular civilization at the global level, has somehow managed to evade the core ideas and values of the western Enlightenment movement, leaving unfinished the crucial task of modernizing and secularizing the mindsets and outlooks of its people on a mass scale – a task that has historically and globally been the backbone of sustained modern material development with socio-political stability. Further, it suggests that this enormous failure is crucially linked to key shortcomings in Indian mainstream thinking, and the imaginations and visions in general, and as such is also linked with confused educational ideas and content – particularly at the elementary level – since the country gained independence.

The book maintains that Indian curricula and educational content at the school level has been consciously designed to guard against the core values and ideas of the Enlightenment, which could have made the typical Indian mind more rational, reasonable, mature and secular, resulting in much lower degrees of unreason, raw sentiments and emotions than have been hitherto entrenched in it. The book further sketches the genesis and impact of the currently dominant neoliberal ideas and thinking that have invaded the entire educational universe and its philosophy around the world. Lastly, it examines and assesses the latter’s far-reaching ramifications for current Indian educational philosophy, pedagogy and practices, and proposes concrete remedial directions for public policy and action.

About the authors

Arup Maharatna has been a Professor at the University of Burdwan, the Gokhale Institute of Politics and Economics and the BITS-Pilani Hyderabad Campus, India, and has academic qualifications in both Economics and Population Studies. After obtaining a degree in Economics from Visva Bharati, Santiniketan, Prof. Maharatna completed a master’s and Ph.D. in Demography at the London School of Economics and Political Science. He has also been a Bell Post-Doctoral Fellow at Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies, Harvard University. He has authored three books, of which the first two are published by Oxford University Press and the other by Springer India. Maharatna is currently engaged in research on the role and ramifications of educational philosophy and school curricula around the globe, with special reference to South Asia.

Table of contents (6 chapters)

  • Indian Metamorphosis

    Maharatna, Arup

    Pages 3-46

  • India’s Costly Evasion from ‘Enlightenment’ Ideas and Values

    Maharatna, Arup

    Pages 47-90

  • India’s Educational Thinking, Aims and School Curriculum: A Critical Look

    Maharatna, Arup

    Pages 91-131

  • ‘Invasion’ of Educational Universe by Neo-Liberal Economic Thinking: A Global Casualty?

    Maharatna, Arup

    Pages 135-176

  • Global Crisis in Higher Education: Is Merit Being Trampled by Marketing and Money?

    Maharatna, Arup

    Pages 177-202

Buy this book

eBook $69.99
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  • ISBN 978-981-13-0797-3
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $89.99
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  • ISBN 978-981-13-0796-6
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Indian Metamorphosis
Book Subtitle
Essays on Its Enlightenment, Education, and Society
Authors
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-981-13-0797-3
DOI
10.1007/978-981-13-0797-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-981-13-0796-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVIII, 226
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