About the Book :
The study brings together the contibutions of wixteen eminent sociologists and political scientsts from different parts of India on the role of the elite as it affects the problems and prospects of development in the country. It highlights the social forces leading to the creation of the new elites as well as their role in the social transformation taking place therein. In developing countries, the polotical elite has a deciding vboice in determining the path of development effort would depend upon their capacity for rousing popular enthusiasm and the support they got from the peasantry and the urban poor. In the absence of a bond between the elite and the masses, the aspirations and interests of the masses tend to be ignored. In some cases the elite hinder or manipulate reform in thier own interest and are largely in favour of the status quo. Although the Indian elite on the eve of independence were committed to usher in modernizaiton and egalitarianism, these two ideals proved elusive. In the present volume different social scientists examine why this has been so and what is the way out of the malaise.
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.
A.K. Lal is a Sociologist. He started his career from A.N. Sinha Institute of Social Studies, Patna. He held positions of eminence and contributed impressively on various themes of sociological interest. As Head, Political Science Division he conducted important studies on shifting locus of power in Bihar. His book "Politics of Poverty" received widespread appreciations. Prof. Lal has also been a Senior Fellow at G.B. Pant Social Science Institute, Allahabad. He was a Senior Fellow of the Indian Council of Social Science Research, New Delhi. His areas of interest include study of the weaker sections especially the Scheduled Castes, changing contours of rural India, role of third sector initiatives in addressal of deficits of development. Prof. Lal has authored/edited many important books. His research articles have found inclusion in professional journals.