Census Administration Under The Raj and After (The)

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  • Author :S.R. Maheshwari
  • Year of Publication :1996
  • ISBN: :9788170225850
  • Language: :English
  • Binding: :Hard Bound
  • No of Pages: 227
  • Size: 23 cms
  • Categories: Panchayati Raj, Political Science, Public Administration

About the Book :

The present work deals with the census in India, which is one of the oldest activities of the Indian Government as also its single largest administrative exercise. Though the census is in existence for more than one hundred years, the present is the first study of its kind. The work traces the beginning of censusing under the British rule and describes, briefly but vividly, the earlier experience-gathering exercise in head-counting before the launching of the first all-India census census in 1881. The first-ever general census is discussed in some detail capturing the contemporary people's perception to this novel and mystery-clad operation. The work examines the role and responsibilities of the census chief executive as also the sprawling field organisation under him with its penetration into the remotest hamlet. While Great Britain discontinued its census in 1941, India conducted it despite its being in the Second World War. This fascinating story is discussed in the work. With political awakening in the country, the census lent itself to linguistic, caste and religious manipulations and these issues are soberly discussed with all the policy implications. Equally analytical is the treatment accorded to the most exotic social institution of India namely caste. Originally a phoenix organization, how census got a permanent organizational base is examined in sufficient detail. Developments in census since Independence (1947) are discussed in the last chapter. The work is comprehensive in its coverage and the style is lucid and interesting. Its academic constituency is public administration, political science, sociology and history. The general reader would find it equally useful.

About Author :

S.R. Maheshwari is Professor of Political Science and Public Administration in the Indian Institute of Public Administration, New Delhi. He had earlier taught at the University of Rajasthan, St. Stephens College, Delhi and Agra College, Agra. Doctor Maheshwari has specialized in Development (including Rural) and Comparative Administration, Indian Government and Politics, Comparative Politics, Personnel Administration, and O & M. He is the author of over thirty books and over one hundred fifty papers published in national and overseas journals. He has contributed a chapter (in co-authorship) in The Gazetteer of Indian. He has also been writing for the press including, The Statesman, The Hindu, Indian Express, The Times of India, etc. Dr. Maheshwari has held a number of positions in the Government as well as in the professional field. He was a member of the administrative reforms. committee set up by the State Government of Uttar Pradesh in 1973. During 1975-78, he was honorary Secretary-Treasurer of the Indian Public Administration Association. In 1984 he was elected Vice-President of the Indian Public Administration Association. In 1988-89, he was President of the Indian Public Administration Association. Earlier, he was on the editorial board of the Indian Journal of Public Administration as well as a member of the Executive Council of the Institute. In 1977 he visited Canada to participate in the annual conference of Canadian Society for Asian Studies, and to deliver a lecture. In 1979 he delivered the Janamabhumi Press Trust Endowment Lectures at the Bangalore University. In 1980 he was a Visiting Research Fellow at the Australian National University. During 1982-83 he was a Visiting Research Fellow at the Institute of Developing Economies, Tokyo. In 1987, he was invited by the University of Guelph (Canada) as a Visiting Professor. Dr. Maheshwari has visited Australia, Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, France, Great Britain, Japan, Malaysia, Nepal, Singapore, Spain, Sri Lanka, United States, etc. for seminars, conferences and lectures. Dr. Maheshwari is listed in a dozen international who.