Category Archives: Andre Beteille

Andre Beteille: Academic Autonomy

The subject of academic autonomy may be discussed in more than one way. There is firstly the autonomy of the academic institution — the university or college — in relation to the government or other organ of society. Closely related … Continue reading

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Andre Beteille on Hazards of multi-cultarism

Multi-culturalism is an attractive social and political programme, although it is not without its hazards. Since most people who speak of multi-culturalism speak in its praise, I will in what follows also say something about its hazards. Multi-culturalism is based … Continue reading

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Andre Beteille: A Right for Every Season

Fifty year after Independence, India’s record as shown by some of  basic social indicators of development is dismally poor. The spotlight is now on failures on the front for elementary education, and there has been much public recrimination. Educationists have … Continue reading

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Andre Beteille : Macaulay, Marx and Madrasas

There is nothing new in the proposal to create an educational system and a cultural environment that will be given an authentically Indian character by being purged of foreign elements and other impurities. What is new is the determination of … Continue reading

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Andre Beteille: Indian Society Today (1988)

Many years ago Jawaharlal Nehru wrote about Indian society that the group was of paramount importance whereas the individual had only a secondary place in it. He had in mind the three basic institutions of traditional Indian society, the village … Continue reading

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Andre Beteille: How modern are we?

How modern are we? This, I believe, is a question which preoccupies a large number of educated Indians. I am not thinking now merely of certain economic arrangements, but of a whole conceptions of social and cultural life whose connections … Continue reading

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Fear of modernity : Andre Beteille

What should be the attitude to tradition of the reasonable man? There are those who  demand adherence to tradition at any cost and ask that it be made the measure of all things. There are others for whom tradition is … Continue reading

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