DHARAMPAL SET OF 5 BOOKS

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DHARAMPAL
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This set includes:

  1. PANCHAYAT RAJ AS THE BASIS OF INDIAN POLITY
  2. INDIAN SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
  3. CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE AND INDIAN TRADITION
  4. THE BEAUTIFUL TREE
  5. BHARATIYA CHITTA MANAS AND KALA

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Panchyat Raj as the Basis of Indian Polity (1962), the first in this series was the first book of Sri Dharampal. It presented extracts from the Constituent Assembly Debates on the place of Panchayat Raj in the constitutional polity of Independent India. This passionate debate ultimately led to the mention of Panchayat Raj in the non-enforceable Directive Principles part of the Constitution. The book gave an early indication of the deep interest Dharampalji was to develop in the understanding of classical Indian society and polity and the process of the subversion by the British.

Indian Science and Technology in the Eighteenth Century (1971) is the first of Dharampalji’s books based on the materials collected in the course of his extensive study in the British archives. It compiles several articles by early British officers, scholars and observers about the Indian Science of astronomy and mathematics and the Indian technological practices in metallurgy, agriculture, architecture and medicine, etc. The book created a new appreciation of the sophistication and efficacy of Indian science and technologies before the coming of the British.

Civil Disobedience and Indian Tradition (1971) is the second of Sri Dharampal’s books based on the materials collected in the course of his extensive study in the British archives. It presents documents of an intense civil disobedience struggle that raged in Benaras and several cities of Bihar for nearly two years between 1810 and 1811 against the imposition of a new house tax by the alien British Administration. Indians found the tax to be an innovation and therefore obnoxious. The book anchored the Civil Disobedience of Mahatma Gandhi in an older and, till recently, vibrant tradition.

The Beautiful Tree: Indigenous Indian Education in the Eighteenth Century (1983) is the best known of Dharampalji’s books based on materials collected in the course of his extensive study in the British Archives. It compiles documents of a survey of indigenous education ordered by Thomson Munro, Governor of Madras, in 1822. The details of the indigenous schools and institutions of higher learning sent by the Collectors of 21 districts of the extensive Madras Presidency offer a fascinating picture of the extent, inclusiveness and sophistication of the then prevailing system of education in India. It also includes extracts from the reports of W Adam (1835-38) and G W Leitner (1882) about indigenous education in Bengal and Punjab, respectively.

Bharat Chitta Manas and Kala (1993) is, in a way, the final work of Sri Dharampal, though later he did author a few other books based on his archival studies. In this small, but seminal book, he reflects on the peculiarities of the Indian consciousness, the Indian sense of time and on the civilisational essence of being an Indian. The book thus lays down the philosophical perspective from which his corpus needs to be read.

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This set includes:

  1. PANCHAYAT RAJ AS THE BASIS OF INDIAN POLITY
  2. INDIAN SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
  3. CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE AND INDIAN TRADITION
  4. THE BEAUTIFUL TREE
  5. BHARATIYA CHITTA MANAS AND KALA

Details:

Panchyat Raj as the Basis of Indian Polity (1962), the first in this series was the first book of Sri Dharampal. It presented extracts from the Constituent Assembly Debates on the place of Panchayat Raj in the constitutional polity of Independent India. This passionate debate ultimately led to the mention of Panchayat Raj in the non-enforceable Directive Principles part of the Constitution. The book gave an early indication of the deep interest Dharampalji was to develop in the understanding of classical Indian society and polity and the process of the subversion by the British.

Indian Science and Technology in the Eighteenth Century (1971) is the first of Dharampalji’s books based on the materials collected in the course of his extensive study in the British archives. It compiles several articles by early British officers, scholars and observers about the Indian Science of astronomy and mathematics and the Indian technological practices in metallurgy, agriculture, architecture and medicine, etc. The book created a new appreciation of the sophistication and efficacy of Indian science and technologies before the coming of the British.

Civil Disobedience and Indian Tradition (1971) is the second of Sri Dharampal’s books based on the materials collected in the course of his extensive study in the British archives. It presents documents of an intense civil disobedience struggle that raged in Benaras and several cities of Bihar for nearly two years between 1810 and 1811 against the imposition of a new house tax by the alien British Administration. Indians found the tax to be an innovation and therefore obnoxious. The book anchored the Civil Disobedience of Mahatma Gandhi in an older and, till recently, vibrant tradition.

The Beautiful Tree: Indigenous Indian Education in the Eighteenth Century (1983) is the best known of Dharampalji’s books based on materials collected in the course of his extensive study in the British Archives. It compiles documents of a survey of indigenous education ordered by Thomson Munro, Governor of Madras, in 1822. The details of the indigenous schools and institutions of higher learning sent by the Collectors of 21 districts of the extensive Madras Presidency offer a fascinating picture of the extent, inclusiveness and sophistication of the then prevailing system of education in India. It also includes extracts from the reports of W Adam (1835-38) and G W Leitner (1882) about indigenous education in Bengal and Punjab, respectively.

Bharat Chitta Manas and Kala (1993) is, in a way, the final work of Sri Dharampal, though later he did author a few other books based on his archival studies. In this small, but seminal book, he reflects on the peculiarities of the Indian consciousness, the Indian sense of time and on the civilisational essence of being an Indian. The book thus lays down the philosophical perspective from which his corpus needs to be read.

About Author

Dharampal, born on February 19, 1922, in Kandhla, Uttar Pradesh, was a renowned Gandhian thinker and intellectual force in post-Independence India. Influenced deeply by Mahatma Gandhi from an early age, he responded to Gandhiji's call for individual Satyagraha in 1940, abandoning his Physics studies to join the freedom movement, actively participating in the Quit India movement (1942-43).
Dharampal's commitment to regenerating India's rural population led him to work with Mirabehn, Gandhiji's disciple, and later, in the 1950s, he founded a cooperative village near Rishikesh. During the Partition in 1947-48, he played a crucial role in the rehabilitation of refugees and became a founding member of the Indian Cooperative Union in 1948.
In the years 1958-1964, Dharampal served as the General Secretary of the Association of Voluntary Agencies for Rural Development (AVARD) and later as the Director of Study and Research of the All India Panchayat Parishad until 1965. His association with Sri Jayaprakash Narayan during this time was particularly noteworthy.
From 1966 onwards, Dharampal dedicated nearly two decades to exploring Indian archives in the British Isles, publishing seminal works such as "Indian Science and Technology in the Eighteenth Century" (1971), "Civil Disobedience and Indian Tradition" (1971), and "The Beautiful Tree: Indigenous Indian Education in the Eighteenth Century" (1983). These works challenged conventional views of Indian history, revolutionizing our understanding of Indian cultural, scientific, and technological achievements on the eve of British conquest.
In the 1980s, Dharampal's guidance inspired the People's Patriot Science and Technology (PPST) group. He served on the Indian Council of Historical Research (ICHR) intermittently between 1987 and 2001 and was appointed Chairman of the National Commission on Cattle in 2001.
Dharampal maintained a close association with Mahatma Gandhi's Sevagram Ashram from the mid-1980s until his passing on October 24, 2006. Throughout his life, he remained committed to the intellectual, cultural, social, economic, and political welfare of Indian society. His legacy, marked by groundbreaking historical investigations, challenges the colonial indoctrination-induced assumptions of India's underdevelopment before British rule. Dharampal's call for an 'intellectual-psychological unburdening' and the regeneration of Indian societal institutions from within remains relevant, urging current generations to draw inspiration from his pioneering example to create a dynamic India that leads the world.
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