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Rajiv Gandhi's Modern India: Development with Science and Technology

 
Pawan Sikka (Author)
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Rajiv Gandhi was prime Minister of India during 1984-89, yet his half-decade seems to have left an imprint, which bespeaks a much longer period. He was instrumental in fostering an atmosphere of modernity in the country. He symbolized the new generation of India -bold, energetic and innovative. He dreamt India of the 21st century. He accelerated the pace of change towards liberalization and brought about new attitudinal changes in government and people. He was a crusader of the modern science and technology, and enunciated his inspiring vision in clear and confident terms, often contradicting the dominant discourse of his time. It was his mission of making India, developed as closed as possible to the world, in all spheres of human activity. His youthful energies and dedicated efforts for realizing his vision manifested in several path-breaking initiatives. he said -"development must mean the development of society, science and technology have a key role in that development…  if we are going to restructure our society, it will be only possible if we have substantial achievements in areas of front-line technology. The power of technology greatly fascinated him. Technology, not for the sake of technology, but in the service of mankind. His speeches and writings on science and technology have clearly brought out his thought process, priorities and new action plan of modernizing India with the current developments of modern science and technology. He did not live long enough to see his India of the 21st century, but India lives on to see his dreams. The book will prove useful to the science policy planners, social scientists, economists, management experts and researcher on the contemporaries studies etc by evolving future technology management strategies in employing the combined strength of science and socio-economic sectors, towards making India a strong, modern and vibrant nation in the world.

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About the author

Pawan Sikka

Dr. Pawan Sikka is a solid state physicist, science –policy analyst, academicians and science - administrator. He is former Advisor/ Scientist - G, Ministry/department of Science and technology (DST), Government of India, New Delhi. He has held various senior positions there during 1974-2004. He was Director (International relations) for science and technology, 1989-1994. As a Principal scientific officer of the DST in 1985-89, he was associated with the then apex Science Advisory Council to the Prime Minister, Rajiv Gandhi. He holds Ph.D. and D.Sc. degrees in Physics. Under the British Council ODA Scholarship, he was a Visiting fellow to the university of Oxford, Oxford, U.K. for Science policy Studies in the academic year 1984-85. He has contributed a number of technical papers, on the Physics of amorphous semi-conducting glasses, as well as on the science  - policy related issues concerning the post-independence development of science and technology in India, in national and international journals. He is a life member of the: Oxford and Cambridge Society f India, New Delhi; association of British scholars, British Council, New Delhi; Materials research Society of India, Hyderabad; and Semi-Conductor Society of India, New Delhi. He is widely traveled in India and abroad. He has delivered special lectures on science policy related studies, at the Jawaharlal Nehru University, (JNU) New Delhi. His another book, Rajiv Gandhi - His Vision of India of the 21st Century: science, technology and national development, is widely read by scholars and academics the world over.

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Bibliographic information

Title Rajiv Gandhi's Modern India: Development with Science and Technology
Author Pawan Sikka
Format Hardcover
Date published: 07.11.2007
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8176580422, 9788176580427
length xxx+334p., Appendices; Bibliography; Index; 23cm.
Subjects History