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A Cultural Decline or Revival?

It is often taken for granted that Independence from the British rule also ushered an era of cultural and social freedom in India. The author wishes to examine if that is true or if a cultural decline set in soon after.

Based on a verse in the Pancatantra, the book has been divided into six parts: Eka (person), Kula (family), Grama (habitat), Janapada (land), Prithvi (earth) and Atma. Issues of education; conflicts between the classes, regions, jatis, languages and religions; expansion of proselytizers; lack of governance; tensions between the legislators and judiciary; rise of unbridled consumerism; falling standards of democracy; dilemmas created by notions of dharma challenged by Westernized modernity; and the problems of attaining universal harmony, are all put into a perspective under these six categories. While examining the state of affairs the author also suggests a way for the pursuit of happiness through unselfish transcendence.

 

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It is often taken for granted that Independence from the British rule also ushered an era of cultural and social freedom in India. The author wishes to examine if that is true or if a cultural decline set in soon after.

Based on a verse in the Pancatantra, the book has been divided into six parts: Eka (person), Kula (family), Grama (habitat), Janapada (land), Prithvi (earth) and Atma. Issues of education; conflicts between the classes, regions, jatis, languages and religions; expansion of proselytizers; lack of governance; tensions between the legislators and judiciary; rise of unbridled consumerism; falling standards of democracy; dilemmas created by notions of dharma challenged by Westernized modernity; and the problems of attaining universal harmony, are all put into a perspective under these six categories. While examining the state of affairs the author also suggests a way for the pursuit of happiness through unselfish transcendence.

 

  • Binding: : Hardbound
  • 13 Digit ISBN : 9788124604595
  • 10 Digit ISBN : 8124604592
  • Edition : 1st edition
  • Year : 2008
  • Pages : xviii, 236p.
  • Size : 23
  • Weight (approx.) : 500
  • Bibliographic Details : Index
Preface 
Part One
EKA : The Uprooted Individual
1. The Ritual Universe 
2. Education Without Art 
3. Shelving a Heritage : Sanskrit from Macaulay    to M-Tv.
4. Conversion : Sin or Sincerity 
5. Bring Back the Teacher 
KULA : Broken Homes
6. Yayayatis and Kamsas : Unbridled Indulgences of Affluent Indains
7. Disappearance of the Fourth Ashram  
Part Two
GRAMA : Dusty Villages, Dying Cities
8. Vote Bank Politics and Lame-Duck Legislators  
9. Voting Young : Ensuring Legislative Immaturity 
10. Caste Choudhary : The New Age Parasite    
11. Caste Endogamy : A Return to  Medievalism   
12. Politics of Compensation : Mandal, Mandir and Stri-mandal
JANAPADA : Regional Defacement
13. Anglophonic Hegemony and Regional   Indian Langages
14. The Frigid Face of Urdu 
15. What is Ethnic? 
16. Cultural Nationalism: Kitsch or Charisma   
17. Religious Plurality in Education 
Part Three
PRITHVEE : Diminishing Boundaries
18. Indian Diaspora: The Brihad Bharat 
AATMAN : The Self in Doubt
19. Relativism : A Moral Twilight         
20. Search for Sahaj : In Pursuit of Abiding Happiness    
Index

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