Author: G N S Raghavan
Publisher: Indian Council for Cultural Relations
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8185434131
Brought together in this book are selections from thirty Indian writers. The insights they afford into the evolution of the country’s culture and civilization will, it is hoped, help towards a better understanding of the Indian ethos and of the current Indian scene.
The choice of these non-fiction prose writings in English has not been restricted to professional writes since, in addition to the criterion of the quality of writing, a second test applied has been that each items should open a window into one or other room of the ancient mansion with many modern annexes that is India today.
The writers represented in this volume are: Humayun Kabir, teacher and writer who served for some years as India’s Minister of Education; V Raghavan, Sanskrit scholar and musicologist; Khwaja Ahmad Abbas, film-maker and writer; A K Ramanujan, writer and teacher; Devaki Jain, economist and social worker; Nayantara Sahgal, novelist; Nirad C Chudhuri, writer; Aruna Asaf Ali, freedom fighter and social worker; Prakash Tandon, author and business executive; M R A Baig, diplomat; Frank Moraes, journalist and author; Sarvepalli Radha-krishnan, philosopher and statesman; Jawaharlal Nehru, author and Indian’s first Prime Minister; Rajni Kothari, sociologist; K R Narayanan, educator and diplomat who is Vice President of India; Manmohan Singh, economist who served as Union Minister for Finance; Krishna Kripalani, writer and teacher; Minoo Masani, writer who has been active in public life; K Swaminathan, Chief Editor of the Collected Works of Mahatma Gandhi; Syed Mahmud, nationalist Muslim leader; Yash Pal, socially concerned space scientist; P C Joshi, economist; B G Verghese, journalist and member of UNESCO’s International Commission for the Study of Communication Problems; Mulk Raj Anand, novelist and art critic; V K Narayana Menon, broadcaster and musicologist; Satyajit Ray, film-maker; and Krishna Chaitanya, thinker and writer.
The selections have been compiled and edited by GNS Raghavan, who after eleven years in newspaper journalism worked for the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting in various capacities and taught at the Indian Institute of Mass Communication. His published by the Indian Council for Cultural Relations; M Asaf Ali: Memoirs-The Emergence of Modern India; Development and Communication in India: Elitist Growth and Mass Deprivation; and jointly with Aruna Asaf Ali, The Resurgence of Indian Women.
HERITAGE AND RENEWAL
Unity in Diversity
The Great Integrators
A Sufi Saint
Life with My Mother
To Live or Not to Live
Science, Socialism and Humanism
THE INDO-BRITISH ENCOUNTER
An Oriental Translator
Witness to An Era
INDIAN IN THE WORD
India Today and Tomorrow
State and Nation Building in the Third World
India in the Global Economy
The Greatest Man I Have Known
On Three Works of Gandhi
A Resplendent Personality
DEVELOPMENT: PROGRESS AND PROBLEMS
The Changing Village
Tribals For The Zoo?
The Road to Babel
Space Research and Social Goals
Beyond the Green Revolution
ADVENTURE AND THE ARTS
Because it is there
Folk Tradition in Indian Theatre
On Film Making
Poetic Experience: The Indian View
About the Authors