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Transitional puzzles : reflections on social, economic and political issues /
Amlan Datta.
New Delhi, India ; Thousand Oaks, Calif. : Sage Publications, 2009.
xvi, 287 p. ; 22 cm.
817829883X (paper back), 9788178298832 (paper back)
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New Delhi, India ; Thousand Oaks, Calif. : Sage Publications, 2009.
817829883X (paper back)
9788178298832 (paper back)
contents note
Our ever-increasing family -- Unity today -- Transitional puzzles -- Economics of urban agglomerations -- Sustainable growth -- Industrialisation and social reconstruction -- Beyond the short run -- The great transition -- Towards an alternative economic order -- New perspectives of economic development -- Democracy, rural reconstruction and humanism -- Higher education in India: a dilemma -- Education, science and economic development -- Tagore's philosophy of education -- Power of religion -- Ambedkar : a rebel with a cause -- On Gandhism -- What Gandhi meant by God -- Kumarappa's critique of high industrialisation -- Life world : private and public domains -- Beyond the clash of civilisations -- The problem of corruption -- Atheistic idolatry -- The decline of communism -- Reason, revolution and social progress -- The limits of hedonism -- Beyond the welfare state -- The future of India's polity -- People's power -- The spirit of Indian democracy -- Quest for the ideal -- A new radicalism -- Socialism reviewed -- The liberal approach -- A finer humanism.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Prof. Amlan Datta is a well-known economist and educationist. He has been the Pro-Vice Chancellor of the University of Calcutta, Vice Chancellor of University of North Bengal (1974-77), Director of Gandhian Institute of Studies and Vice Chancellor of Visva Bharati University, Shantiniketan (1980-84). He received the Vidyasagar Award in 1999. A prolific writer, some of his books are For Democracy; Perspective of Economic Development; An Introduction to India's Economic Development Since the 19th Century; Socialism, Democracy and Industrialization; Beyond Socialism; In Defence of Freedom: Exciting Times and Quiet Meditations. His articles in newspapers are widely popular.
Review Quotes
The book touches upon a number of issues, ideas and institutions at the global level with a special outlook towards India. It discusses the important issues in bits and pieces without going into jugglery of scientific terms and statistical formulations.
The sheer breadth of the collection will provide insightful material for readers involved in social, political and economic studies.
This is the work of a roving mind that is bound to engage anyone interested in the wide expanse of issues confronting the developing world on its march towards industrialisation.
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Main Description
Transitional Puzzles: Reflections on Social, Economic and Political Issues is a collection of essays on India. Remarkable for its jargon-free clarity, the book is intended for the common man who seeks to understand the India he lives in. The articles offer simple analysis of complex policies, dealing with varied and vast issues such as values in a shifting Indo-Western scenario, education and industry in times of political changes, sustainable growth, industrialization and social reconstruction, alternative economic order, higher education in India, Gandhism, human values, and Indian democracy. The discourse also introduces original concepts such as Life-World and Neo-Radicalism.This collection will be an invaluable source of knowledge for a wide readership; the average informed reader will find the content most enriching. Besides, it will also hold the interest of those involved in the studies of Sociology, Politics and Economics.
Table of Contents
Our Ever-Increasing Family
Unity Today
Transitional Puzzles
Economics of Urban Agglomerations
Sustainable Growth
Industrialisation and Social Reconstruction
Beyond the Short Run
The Great Transition
Towards an Alternative Economic Order
New Perspectives of Economic Development
Democracy, Rural Reconstruction and Humanism
Higher Education in India: A Dilemma
Education, Science and Economic Development
Tagore's Philosophy of Education
Power of Religion
Ambedkar: A Rebel with a Cause
On Gandhism
What Gandhi meant by God
Kumarappa's Critique of High Industrialisation
Life world: Private and Public Domains
Beyond the Clash of Civilisations
The Problem of Corruption
Atheistic Idolatry
The Decline of Communism
Reason, Revolution and Social Progress
The Limits of Hedonism
Beyond the Welfare State
The Future of India's Polity
People's Power
The Spirit of Indian Democracy
Quest for the Ideal
A New Radicalism
Socialism Reviewed
The Liberal Approach
A Finer Humanism
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