Author: Pratap Chandra Chunder
Publisher: Indian Museum Calcutta
ISBN/UPC (if available): N/A
This valuable work, written by a noted Indologist Dr. Pratap Chandra Chunder, is broadly divided into two parts. In the first part the author has focused on Ancient India and the topics incorporated in the second part are particularly on Modern India.
Collecting valuable materials from pre-historic and historic periods, Dr. Chunder made a comparative study of the ancient political systems of India and Iran. His comments on different Old Persian inscriptions are really fascinating. Dr. Chunder has shown that the great Persian Monarch Darius 'was impartial and actuated by a motive of general welfare'.
Dr. Chunder also has thrown interesting light on the common concept of divine order in Ancient India and Iran. Dr. Chunder stated that "in Ancient India the term 'common code of conduct' implied a body of some ethical values and morally useful practices without distinction as to race, class, colour or creed. For his profound knowledge in law, Dr. Chunder could easily discuss 'the idea of law in the Dharmasutras', mainly of Gautama, Vasistha, Baudhayana and Apastamba.
He also commented that Kautilya 'was a curious mix of conservative and liberal views'. Moreover, Dr. Chunder thoroughly discussed Asoka's theory and practice of dhammavijaya. Dr. Chunder's views on Sri Krishna are quite different from that of Swami Vivekananda. Dr. Chunder also focused on different manifestations and tradition of Indian Art. In Part two of this work Dr. Chunder thoroughly discussed the history of Calcutta, Vivekananda's views of religion, Dr. Rajendra Prasad, Dr. Syamaprasad, Dr. Ambedkar, Prafulla Chandra Sen and Pablo Picasso. He made a brief review of India's cultural progress since Independence.
He also referred to the composite culture as preached by our constitution. He said that in his, concept of Swarajya people would "enjoy full fundamental or human rights protected by a powerful enforcement system". The scholarly world would certainly welcome it as a useful addition to the study of Indian history.
PART 1 ANCIENT INDIA
Ancient Political Systems of India and Iran : A Comparative Study
The Common Concept of Divine Order in Ancient India and Iran
The Enigmatic Atharvaveda
The Common Code of Conduct in Ancient India
Prayascitta in Early Indian Texts
The Idea of Law in the Dharma Sutra
A Lost Book of Politics in Ancient India
Kautilya's Attitude towards Social tolerance
Food in Indian Culture ; the Age of the Arthashastra
Asoka's Theory and Practice of Dharmmavijaya
Last days of King Asoka
Sri Krishna, The Prophet of Love and Action
What is Art in the Light of Indian Tradition
PART 2 MODERN INDIA
Calcutta the Controversial City
Calcutta and the Growth of Nationalism
Calcutta City and Port
Vivekananda on Religion : Some Aspects of His Chicago Addresses
Dr Rajendra Prasad and Globalization
Dr Syamaprasad Mookerjee from State to National Leadership
Social Philosophy of Dr Ambedkar : A Critique
Crises of Values in Indian Society Today
Apotheosis of Pablo Picasso
The Metamorphoses of Diego Rivera
A Brief Review of India's Cultural Progress Since Independence
What Swarajaya Means to Me