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

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Hindi Children's Journals and Nationalist Discourse (1910-1930)

The heightened public attention towards children's education and the implementation of children's rights, as visible in a number of recent publications, is not a genuinely new one. A century ago, politicians, educators, editors and writers also debated 'what was best for the child'. With the growth of print culture in the early 20th century, a journalistic venture emerged in the Hindi public sphere that was closely tied to the nationalist project: children's journals. Hindi children's journals propelled the view that it lay in the hands of children to support and eventually accomplish Indian independence. The editors of children's journals staked out an agenda that emphasised character formation and argued against superstition and materialism. This agenda was characterised by a self-reflexive application of new discourses in child pedagogy. It also attained to the requirements of the mainstream nationalist ideology.

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