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Gandhi and the Debate about Civilisation

For Gandhi, the national question was much more than a struggle between two culturally-defined civilisations. For him, getting rid of colonial rule was part of a larger project to replace and resist modern civilisation. This article situates Gandhi's endeavour against the backdrop of the romantic vision of India's past, envisaged by the Orientalists, and the disparaging perspective of the Utilitarians and the evangelists.

Gandhi in the Mind of America

Gandhi first entered American public consciousness in 1921 when John Haynes Holmes declared him to be the greatest man in the world. Eighty years later, Time's 31 December 1999 end-of-thecentury issue named Gandhi (along with Albert Einstein and Franklin Roosevelt) as "Person of the Century". Gandhi has re-entered American consciousness with the recent visit to India of an American president who, in his Nobel Peace Prize speech of 10 December 2009, made clear that he admired and learned from Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr.

Centrist Logic of Indian Politics

The authors of Explaining Indian Democracy reiterate their view on the changing role of the state in India and the meaning and consequences of centrist politics.

Self Constructing Culture

What Amar Singh wrote from 1898 to 1942 was a personal diary, but what we read now is an ethnography - a cultural account of a way of life through which the diarist comes to know both himself and his culture. It illustrates the importance of subjective knowledge and human agency in the making and shaping of culture.

The Media and Cultural Politics

Lloyd I Rudolph This discussion of the media is situated in the context of several different theoretical and empirical frameworks. The first is the idea of an information society advanced by Singhal and Rogers in their discussion of the electronic media in south Asia. The second is the idea, advanced by IngleharU that a post-modern society places different issues on the agenda of public discourse than does modern society The essay aims to create an intellectual space for the idea of

Transformation of Congress Party-Why 1980 Was Not a Restoration

THE mid-term parliamentary election of 1980 appeared to restore the political universe that had supported one party dominance by the Indian National Congress. Indira Gandhi led the Congress to an unanticipated victory. The electoral outcome (43 per cent of the votes; 67 per cent of the seats) resembled outcomes in the era of one party dominance (1952, 1957 and 1962), But the resemblance was superficial.

Student Politics and National Politics in India

Lloyd I Rudolph Susanne Hoeber Rudolph Karuna Ahmed The emergence of youth as a new political class is a consequence of the creation and prolongation of youth as a distinctive life-stage with its attendant cultures and social arrangements. This has been made possible by the relatively rapid build-up of the educational system. And it has all been supported mainly by the requirements and rewards of industrial economies for literate, knowledgeable, and skilled labour forces working away from home and family, and also the aspiration that democratic citizens should be informed and responsible.

Standards in Democratised Higher Education-An Analysis of the Indian Experience

An Analysis of the Indian Experience Lloyd I Rudolph Susanne Hoeber Rudolph The alleged decline in the standards of education as a consequence of the vast expansion in education since Independence has been loudly and frequently lamented hut less frequently analysed empirically.

Regional Patterns of Education-Rimland and Heartland in Indian Education

Susanne Hoeber Rudolph Responsibility for education lies primarily on the States. Since the States differ significantly with respect to language, history, economic levels and social structure, their differences get translated into the quite distinct patterns of education to be found among the States.

The Private Origins of a Public Ethic

In India traditional primary group obligations have been peculiarly compelling. Countervailing obligations to civic virtue or public law have relatively little support in the traditional norms and institutions. To establish the idea of public obligations in this setting was a task of considerable proportions.
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