Developing India: An Intellectual and Social History C.1930-50

Developing India: An Intellectual and Social History C.1930-50

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By (author) Benjamin Zachariah

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  • Publisher: OUP India
  • Format: Hardback | 304 pages
  • Dimensions: 145mm x 216mm x 28mm | 612g
  • Publication date: 29 September 2005
  • Publication City/Country: New Delhi
  • ISBN 10: 0195670582
  • ISBN 13: 9780195670585

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This book considers how the idea of development in India took shape in the 1930s and the 1940s, drawing on a variety of intellectual resources, driven by immediate political battles, yet inspired by a vision of the future that incorporated notions of freedom and fairness. The argument is that an Indian notion of development, consciously different from the western one based on free trade and industrialization, could emerge in the inter-war period, when the future of capitalism in the west did not appear as assured as it did in the nineteenth century. The author identifies three interlocking themes around which development was conceptualized during this period the importance of science, technology, the need for the government to express certain social concerns, and the need of for national discipline. The book opens up a new field of historiography of South Asia, that of an intellectual history of late colonialism in India, and of the nationalism that succeeded it.

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Table of contents

PREFACE ; INTRODUCTION: THE PROBLEM, THE APPROACH ; CHAPTER I: 1. POLITICAL ECONOMY, PRECEDENTS AND IDEAS, METROPOLITAN AND COLOBNIAL, 2. SHARED SPACES OF DOMINATION AND RESISTANCE, 3. TERMINOLOGY, 4. THE CIRCULATION OF IDEAS AND INFORMATION, 4. CONCLUSION ; CHAPTER II: A REFORMED IMPERIUM? 1. LEVELS OF GOVERNANCE AND THE NARROW RANGE, 2. THE 1930S: ABERRATIONS AND DEFAULT SETTINGS, 3. POST-WAR RECONSTRUCTION AND DEVELOPMENT, 4. THE FRINGES OF GOVERNMENT, 5. CONCLUSIONS ; CHAPTER III. TOWARDS A POLITICAL PHILOSOPHY OF THE VILLAGE COMMUNITY: THE DEBATE ON GANDHIAN IDEAS, PLACING GANDHI, THE POLITICAL CONTEXT, AGAINST GANDHI, GANDHI S EARLIER INTERVENTIONS, 2. GANDHI S ECONOMIC AVATAR AND THE COMING OF J C KUMARAPPA THE USES OF ECONOMIC AGREEMENT, ADDRESSING THE INTELLIGENTSIA ; 3. KUMARAPPA S VILLAGE MOVEMENT: EVOLUTION, ECONOMICS, AND CIVILIZATION, SCIENCE, ECONOMICS AND THE EASTERN MODERN, PRACTICAL ARGUMENTS, 4. CONCLUSIONS: STATEMENT, COMMUNICABILITY, (MIS?)READINGS ; CHAPTER IV. DEVEL ; OPMENT: POSSIBLE NATIONS, 1. MIDDLE CLASS INTELLECTUALS, 2. FORM AND CONTENT: COMPROMISE FORMULAE, DIVERGENT GOALS, 3. LINEAGES. SOCIALISM , SCIENCE, MORALITY, MODERNITY, NATIONAL DISCIPLINE, 4. THE USES OF A LANGUAGE LEGITIMACY ; CHAPTER V. CONCLUSION ; SELECT BIBLIOGRAPHY ; REFERENCE