Decolonizing India Studies: Towards a Recollection and Resurgence of India through Sri Dharampal’s Oeuvre

September 5, 2022 @ 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
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This lecture will be on Sri Dharampal (19.02.2022 – 24.10.2006)’s life and works. He was a provocative Gandhian thinker with a creative mind and an imaginative intellect who engaged in extensive archival research in British and Indian archives, and the resultant publications revolutionised our understanding of the cultural, scientific and technological achievements of India at the eve of the British conquest. However, the enormous portent of his historical discoveries still needs to make more of an impact on conventional perceptions of pre-colonial India.

Sri Dharampal authored several rigorously documented books. His corpus presents to us different aspects of Indian society and polity from an Indian perspective and naturally disrupts the scholarly consensus about the backwardness and dis-functionality of pre-British India. The resultant picture is of a society that in fact was highly sophisticated and advanced in its political ideas and arrangements and in its sciences, technologies and education systems. His works, naturally, are of abiding interest and importance in the onerous task of nation building and understanding the quintessence of Indianness.


  • 5 September 2022, Saturday (04:30 pm to 05:30 pm)


  • Mini Auditorium
    A Block, 3rd Floor

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Dr. Probal Roy Chowdhury

Dr. Probal Roy Chowdhury is a professor of English at the Sister Nivedita University, Kolkata. Dr. Roy Chowdhury is an independent researcher with a keen interest in the study of Indian history, culture and civilisation. His doctoral work has been in continuation of the perspective presented by the late Gandhian thinker and historian Dharampal (1922 – 2006) in his seminal work, “The Beautiful Tree”, which showed the flourishing state of indigenous education in Madras Presidency during 1820-25. In his Ph.D. thesis, “Changing Profile of Community Participation in School Education in Madras Presidency: 1820-1920”, Probal traced the history of indigenous education in Madras Presidency and its transformation under British rule in the nineteenth century. Probal currently is engaged in scholarly explorations on the history of indigenous education in the Bengal presidency region and on cultural and ritual traditions of Bengal, especially Durga Puja.


September 5, 2022
4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
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A 314 Mini Auditorium, Rishihood University
Rishihood Campus, Delhi NCR
Sonipat, Haryana 131021 India
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