Indian Science And Technology In The Eighteenth Century

The historical work of Dharampal -- stretching over the past four decades – has stimulated a radically fresh perspective on the nature, design, organization and technological contributions of Indian society.

It has decidedly upset major impressions about Indian society that have been in circulation for several decades and reinforced in Indian schools and colleges. It has undermined the credibility of several conventional theories about Indian society in fields as diverse as irrigation, astronomy, agricultural technology, medicine and the manufacture of metals.

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Civil Disobedience in Indian Tradition

Dharampal's book on Civil Disobedience in Indian Tradition places satyagraha in its historical context. Gandhiji was solidly rooted in Indian tradition and the practice of civil disobedience was a vital method of social protest which he inherited from the same tradition. Gandhiji acknowledged this profound debt when he wrote: 'In India, the nation at large has generally used passive resistance in all departments of life. 

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The Beautiful Tree

The Beautiful Tree: Indigenous Indian Education in the Eighteenth Century was published in 1983.

Dharampal firmly subscribes to the notion that, owing to the British rule, individualism of the indigenous has completely disappeared. His perception as to this is kindled by Gandhi?s Chatham House speech in 1931. He refers to the decay of indigenous Indian education.


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Panchayati Raj

Dharampal’s first book was Panchayati Raj as the basis of Indian Polity (1962). This was followed in 1971 by Civil Disobedience and Indian Tradition. In the same year came his most influential work, Indian Science and Tradition in the Eighteenth Century, and later, The Madras Panchayat System.

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Essays On Tradition, Recovery and Freedom

A collection of the most outstanding of Dharampal’s lectures over the years comprises the fifth volume, Essays on Tradition, Recovery and Freedom.

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Rediscovering India

Over the last 40 Years, Dharampal has written several articles, given many talks, read papers in conferences and seminars. These are significantly different from his research work, where he has by and large refrained from interpretations. These articles are based on the insights gained by him during the painstaking research and from his dwelling on them later on. In these articles, Dharampal is speculative, tries to conjure a picture of what the Indian society may have been like, how it may have functioned, taken its decisions, arranged its affairs, what were its ways of protest etc. before or immediately after the arrival of the British. It also tries to draw a picture of the manner in which the British may have looked at our alien ways and how the systems imposed by them must have contributed to disrupting the society. Perhaps for the first time the articles have been collected and put together for readers to get a glimpse into Dharampal’s world.

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