Cosmopolitan Modernity in Early Twentieth Century India and Philosophy and Practice of Education for India

Dear Friends and Well-wishers of Overman Foundation,

I am happy to announce that Dr. Sachidananda Mohanty’s latest book Cosmopolitan Modernity in Early 20th-Century India and Philosophy and Practice of Education for India (edited by Shitangshu Kumar Chakravarti) are now available at Overman Foundation.

Cosmopolitan Modernity

Dr. Sachidananda Mohanty’s Cosmopolitan Modernity in Early 20th-Century India looks through the prism of key tropes such as Travel, Friendship, Art, Mysticism and Politics in order to understand the meaning of cosmopolitanism and cultural citizenship in the contemporary world. Forgotten narratives of early twentieth century are brought in to offer a fresh understanding of the idea of ‘the global modern’. Interdisciplinary in substance and style covering Literature, History, Ethnography and Politics, the book examines the cosmopolitanism of Rabindranath Tagore, Sri Aurobindo, Dilip Kumar Roy, Paul Richard, James Cousins, Ananda Coomaraswamy and Taraknath Das. Using rare archival material and photographs, it interrogates the idea of tradition and modernity, local and global, self and the world—central to understanding a cosmopolitan world order. The book will be of interest to students and scholars in the field of English and Comparative Literature, History, Politics, Philosophy, South Asian Studies and the general reader.

Some remarks about the said volume from the pen of acclaimed intellectuals are as follows:

“[This volume] builds on the seminal theorizations of pan-Asian cosmopolitanism… to shift the discourse to early 20th –century India… [Mohanty’s] deft deployment of half-forgotten figures and dusty archives may well provide relevant clues to our understanding of the globalization in process today.” (Harish Trivedi, University of Delhi)

“Skillfully using interesting archival material, Sachidananda Mohanty maps out the emergence of the concept of ‘cosmopolitan modernity’ at the beginning of the 20th century.” (Malavika Karlekar, Indian Journal of Gender Studies)

“[This] book is especially valuable for drawing attention to overlooked historical encounters that can shed light on our current concern with cosmopolitan modernity and its implications for the future of world cultures.” (Barbara Nelson, School of Culture, History and Language, ANU College of Asia and the Pacific, Canberra)

Consisting of 188 pages, Cosmopolitan Modernity in Early 20th-Century India is available at a price of Rs. 650 (Six Hundred and Fifty) only.

cover of philosophy and practice of educationPhilosophy and Practice of Education for India include articles which attempt to take a long term view of the many trends afflicting, contaminating or even eliminating the perennial foundations of education in contemporary India. Edited by Shitangshu Kumar Chakravarti, the said volume includes articles like Philosophy and Practice of Education for India (by Dr. Kireet Joshi), Education at Home: The Lost Territory and its Recovery (by Pravrajika Amalprana), National Education: Problems and Prospects (by Prof. Makarand Paranjape), The Business of Education (by Manoj Das), Value Education for Teachers and Students: Experiments and Experiences (by R. K. Bhattacharya), Education for Character-Building: Basic Lessons from the Indian Tradition (by Pradip Bhattacharya), Mis-education in India: Aspects of Crisis in Human Development (by Sandhya Jain), Education for Shraddha About the Sacred (by B. Nivedita), Indian History and Civilization in Education: Recent Discoveries and their Significance (by Michel Danino), Ground Realities of Education Management in India: The State of School Education (by Dr. J. S. Rajput), A Broken World in Search of the Spirit (by Fr. Andre Bruylants S. J.), Media and Education: The Indian Scene Today (by Dr. Nand Kishore Trikha), Education and Children: A Few Reflections (by Mini Krishnan), India’s Mass Media and Education: Problems and Remedies (by Biswajit Matilal) and Selection of Teachers: A Consciousness Approach (by Dr. Goutam Ghosal).

Consisting of 294 pages, Philosophy and Practice of Education for India is available at a price of Rs. 320 (Three Hundred and Twenty) only.

To place an order for the aforesaid books, please contact us at and (0) 9830244192. Payment can be made through cheques, demand-drafts, money-order and online remittance. Please note that these books are not available at SABDA.

With warm regards,
Anurag Banerjee
Overman Foundation.


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