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An Obituary on Caste as a System

The Bhakti movement of medieval India was really pan-Indian and attracted a large number of men and women from the lower orders and it even crossed the religious divide between Hindus and Muslims. But it failed to make a dent on caste hierarchy. The moral to be drawn is that an ideological attack on caste which is not backed up or underpinned by a mode of social production ignoring or violating caste-based division of labour is totally inadequate. A combination of wholly new technologies, institutions based on new principles and a new ideology which includes democracy, equality and the idea of human dignity and self-respect has to be in operation for a considerable time to uproot the caste system. Such a combination of forces is today bringing about the destruction of the caste-based system of production in the villages and at the local level.

Social Anthropology and Literary Sensibility

INTRODUCTION BY way of introduction, I would like to say a few words about my encounters with Hassan Raja Rao, and my relationship with Edwin Thumboo, I first met Raja Rao when he visited our house on College Road in Mysore in the early 1930s. He came to meet my eldest brother, Parthasarathy (known to his friends as Pachu), and he was accompanied by his French wife. He was in a white 'kurta' and 'dhoti' worn the north Indian way. Pachu was a staunch follower of the social reformer and mystic. Pandit Taranath, and Raja Rao may have wanted to talk about Pandit Taranath with Pachu. Anyway, some time later, I read an account of Raja Rao's interview with Pandit Taranath in the ASIA magazine, published from New York.

Indian Anthropologists and the Study of Indian Culture

Indian Anthropologists and the Study of Indian Culture M N Srinivas Since Indian anthropologists have gained considerable experience in the study of their own culture and society, the time has arrived for at least a few of them to move from the study of the 'self-in-the-other' to 'the self itself.

Gandhi s Religion

Gandhi's Religion Gandhi regarded the Gita us his "mother's milk" but, strange as it may seem he found in it support for non-violence, a discovery which seems puzzling to say the least. His freewheeling interpretations he carried to other religions besides Hinduism.

Changing Values in India Today

M N Srinivas Changes in values and norms are frequently discussed at the individual level and without reference to the wider society of which individuals are members and to the forces operating in the wider society In this essay the author emphasises some of the changes in the wider society as they are essential to understanding changes in values and attitudes in India today BEFORE I proceed further, I would like to provide a brier and tentative idea of what I mean by 'Values'. I have in mind those ideals of conduct the practice of which is admired by a people. Implicit in such admiration is a recognition that the ideals are difficult to practise, and that those who succeed in doing so are regarded as exceptional individuals, providing models for others to emulate.

On Living in a Revolution

On Living in a Revolution M N Srinivas Against the backdrop of the broad changes that have taken place since 1947 the author argues that India has moved from a period in which many important changes occurred, by and large non-violently, to a period of extremely rapid and violent change. The country is today faced with a series of crises, inter-linked and feeding on each other.

An Ethnographer s Tale

THE volume is a professional autobiography of Christoph Von Furer-Haimendorf who devoted his long and distinguished life to the study of tribes in India and Nepal, and who taught generations of students, first at the Osmania University in Hyderabad, and subsequently at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London, Haimendorf is the author of several scholarly volumes on the Konyak Nagas (1939) and the Apa Tanis (1962) in the north-east, the Chenchus (1943), Bison Hill Reddis (1945) and the Raj Gonds of Adilabad (1948). During the fifties, Haimendorf led a team of researchers into Nepal.

Seeing Society from Botton Up

Seeing Society from Botton Up BERNARD COHN of the University of Chicago enjoys a high reputation among anthropologists and sociologists specialising on India. He has published several valuable papers on social and cultural change among the Chamars of Madhopur (in eastern UP) and on the history of the Benares region generally. He has also been interested in the analysis of regions in their historical context, in the study of the censuses and their effects on social structure as perceived by Indians, and in problems of modern Indian historiography. Finally, the general question of the relation between anthropology and history obviously interests him greatly, the first three essays of this book being devoted to it. Thanks to the work of scholars such as Cohn the need for a rapprochement between anthropologists and historians is now widely realised. A new academic animal is emerging as a result, the anthropologist- turned-historian, and the rarer, historian- turned-anthropologist.

Development of Sociology in India- An Overview

Sociology and social anthropology succeeded in establishing themselves as disciplines in India in the years following the end of World War I, despite an unfavourable academic environment.

Politics and Society in Karnataka

Politics and Society in Karnataka M N Srinivas M N Panini Karnataka, in contrast to Tamil Nadu and Kerala, has not been hospitable to radical social move- ments. The seemingly dramatic political changes in Karnataka since the 1970s thus present a sharp contrast to the conservative social order, and demand an explanation.


Nalini Pandit Classes in Marxist theory are not mere economic categories. They are living social groups whose attitudes and responses are determined by historical and cultural factors. The materialistic interpretation of history does not imply an exclusive emphasis on the economic factor to the comparative neglect of others. The purpose of formulating a social theory is to understand the attitudes and responses of different social groups to particular programmes.

Social Environment and Management s Responsibilities

Responsibilities M N Srinivas In view of the growing popularity of management studies and, perhaps even more, in the context of the economic and political crisis through which the country is passing, it is desirable that the content of, and limits to, management's responsibilities


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