Tradition and Development

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About the Book :

The interaction between tradition and development offers a vast field for study. Tradition may retard development or it may promote it. In some cases traditional itself may be neutral. To discuss the interplay between tradition and development in the context of Indian social scent, Tradition and Development was chosen as a theme for the Seminar organised by A.N. Sinha Institute of Social Studies, Patna, as a part of its silver Jubilee Celebrations in 1985. A large number of scholars from different parts of India took part in the deliberation and presented papers. This volume contains the papers presented by the participants in the Seminar. The papers deal with the changes in the Villages consequent to community development and Panchayati Raj programmes, tradition and development in the context of tribal societies, socio economic conditions of Scheduled Castes, women and children. Subjects like colonial legacy and higher education, exploitation of migration labour, changes in communication media, etc., have also been discussed. The volume should prove interesting and useful not only to scholars in the realms of sociology and anthropology but also to all who are actively engaged in the all round development of the country.


About Author :

Sachchidananda, currently Director of the Sulabh Institute of Development Studies, has bee a pioneer in the field of anthropological studies in Bihar. He was educated in the Patna University and the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. Founder of the Post graduate Department of Anthropology at Ranchi, he was later Director of the Bihar Tribal Research Institute, Ranchi and of the A. N. Sinha institute of Social Studies at Patna. He was also the Vice Chancellor of Ranchi University. His wide ranging research interests cover culture change in tribal areas, shifting cultivation, social dimension of agricultural development , Harijan educated elite, women's rights, educational problems of the disadvantaged sections of the population, voluntary action in tribal areas and socio cultural dimensions of development. He has contributed a large number of papers to research journals in India and abroad and published twenty three books in Sociology and Anthropology. He has also edited the four volume "Profile of Indian Tribes (1995)". A past President of the Anthropology Section of Indian Science Congress, he is also the recipient of R.P. Chanda and S.C. Roy Medals for distinguished work in Anthropology from the Asiatic Society of Bengal.

Bipin Bihar Mandal, Ph. D., is currently a Reader in Sociology at the A.N. Sinha Institute of Social Studies, Patna. He has conducted several research projects sponsored by national and international organisations like FAO, UNICEF ICSSR, Ministry of Education and Welfare, Government of India and Department of Welfare, Government of Bihar. Some of his research works include: Peasant Organisation : A Case Study of Gramdan in Bihar; Tribals at the Polls. A Study of a Tribal Constituency in Bihar and Social Inputs in Area Development. He has contributed research papers to various journals and to national and international seminars. He has also published a book, Physically Handicapped in Bihar. The areas of his professional interest are social development and social work. He is associated with several professional organisations.

R.P. Sinha retired from the Indian Administrative Service as Principal Adviser for Communications and Information, Planning Commission. He was Secretary to the Government of India and held a number of important assignments in the government. Having started his career as an academic in 1960, he has returned to this field after retirement in 2001 and is Visiting Professor in the Institute of Applied Manpower Research of the Planning Commission. The author combines academics with his vast practical experience in governance and administration. He has considerable creative contribution to the field of media arts as well besides papers and articles on a wide variety of subjects.