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Glimpses of Indian Culture: Ancient and Modern

Pratap Chandra Chunder (Author)
Synopsis 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.
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Pratap Chandra Chunder

Pratap Chandra Chunder was born in the year 1919. He had a brilliant career with toip places in the B.A. (History Honours), M.A. (Ancient Indian History and Culture) and LL. B. examinations of the Calcutta University. He was awarded D. Phil. in Arts. Dr. Chunder is an attorney-at-law of the Calcutta High Court and an advocate of the Supreme Court of India, and a lecturer in the Calcutta University College of Law. He has been a member of Senate and the Faculty of Law of the Calcutta Univesity (1961-68). Dr. Chunder has been a member of the Executive Council of the Rabindra Bharati University. He was a member of the Legislative Assembly (1962-68) and Finance and Judicial Minister (1968) in West Bengal. He also served the Government of India as a Cabinet Minister in Charge of Education and Social Welfare (1977-80). As the President of the State Congress and member of the Working Committee and the Parliamentary Board of the Indian National Congress, he was active in public affairs. He is the author of many historical novels and dramas, one of which was filmed and another performed on the public stage. He was awarded the best playwright prize by Calcutta University in 1965. On invitation he visited the United States of America, the Soviet Union, the Peoples’ Republic of China and other foreign countries.

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Title Glimpses of Indian Culture: Ancient and Modern
Format Hardcover
Date published: 23.11.2007
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher Indian Museum
Language: English
length xviii+212p.
Subjects History