ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

Articles By Aditya Mukherjee

Nehru's Legacy

Nehru may not have succeeded in achieving all that he set out to do, but his contributions have been foundational in building India as a secular, democratic republic which would have a socialistic "common sense." Today the Nehruvian ideals and institutions are under threat. A survey of Nehru's life and work argues for the centrality of his contribution to making India the only postcolonial state which experienced democratic development.

Challenges to the Social Sciences in the 21st Century

The Eurocentric world view has remained long after European political and economic domination waned by the end of the "Long Nineteenth Century". European ideological hegemony still holds sway over the humanities and social sciences in the developing world. The colonisation of the mind that this entails is a challenge to be overcome politically, academically, as well as ideologically.

Empire: How Colonial India Made Modern Britain

The view that colonialism did not have a major impact on the modernisation process of the colonising countries of Europe has not been critiqued adequately. Focusing primarily on the relationship between Britain and India, this paper argues that the economic development in Europe both in terms of the rise in living standards in human development and in the sense of the structural breakthrough with the rise of capitalism was closely linked with Europe's relationship with the rest of the world from about the 15th century. The imperial connection between Britain and India contributed to British industrialisation and its emergence as a hegemonic power in the world, sustained Britain through her period of relative decline in global competition in the industrial sphere, enabled her financial supremacy in the world till the first world war to finally seeing her through the crisis years of the 20th century and up to the second world war.