[INDOLOGY] Literacy

Nagaraj Paturi nagarajpaturi at gmail.com
Tue Apr 19 07:19:56 UTC 2022

The  Beautiful Tree : Indigenous Indian Education In the Eighteenth Century
by Dharampal

Dharampal (1922–2006) was a great Gandhian thinker, historian and political
philosopher from India. Convinced about the urgent need for an objective
understanding about India’s past, before the onslaught of colonial rule, he
decided to embark on an exploration of British-Indian archival material,
based on documents emanating from commissioned surveys of the East India
Company, lodged in various depositories spread over the British Isles. His
pioneering historical research, conducted intensively over a decade, led to
the publication of works that have since become classics in the field of
Indian studies. This major work entitled "The Beautiful Tree" provides
evidence from extensive early British administrators’ reports of the
widespread prevalence of educational institutions in the Bengal and Madras
Presidencies as well as in the Punjab, teaching a sophisticated curriculum,
with daily school attendance by about 30% of children aged 6–15, where
those belonging to communities who were classed as Shudras or even lower
constituted a good number of students, and in some areas, for instance in
Kerala, where Muslim girls were quite well represented.



On Wed, Apr 13, 2022 at 12:32 AM Dagmar Wujastyk via INDOLOGY <
indology at list.indology.info> wrote:

> Dear colleagues,
> Can anyone point me to publications on literacy in precolonial India?
> With thanks in advance,
> Dagmar Wujastyk
> Dr Dagmar Wujastyk
> Associate Professor
> History, Classics, and Religion
> University of Alberta
> _______________________________________________
> INDOLOGY mailing list
> INDOLOGY at list.indology.info
> https://list.indology.info/mailman/listinfo/indology

Nagaraj Paturi

Hyderabad, Telangana, INDIA.

Senior Director, IndicA
BoS, MIT School of Vedic Sciences, Pune, Maharashtra
BoS Kavikulaguru Kalidasa Sanskrit University, Ramtek, Maharashtra
BoS Veda Vijnana Gurukula, Bengaluru.
Member, Advisory Council, Veda Vijnana Shodha Samsthanam, Bengaluru
BoS Rashtram School of Public Leadership
Editor-in-Chief, International Journal of Studies in Public Leadership
Former Senior Professor of Cultural Studies,
FLAME School of Communication and FLAME School of  Liberal Education,
Hyderabad, Telangana, INDIA.
-------------- next part --------------
An HTML attachment was scrubbed...
URL: <https://list.indology.info/pipermail/indology/attachments/20220419/9f7f90b9/attachment.htm>

More information about the INDOLOGY mailing list