Dharampal Collected Writings
edition: 2016, Other India BookStore
Summary: This book contains the collected writings of Dharampal, and aims to bring to light the Indian Science and Technology in the 18th century. These writings include fascinating accounts of various technical processes and practices documented by western travelers in the period when they came to India to learn and before they opted to rule.
The content of Dharampal’s papers details the various practices of ancient Indian sciences such as irrigation, agriculture, algebra, geometry, astronomy but also plastic surgery and inoculation techniques.
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Introduction:This set consists of the following 5 Books:
1) India Science and Technology in the Eighteenth Century;
2) Civil Disobedience in Indian Tradition;
3) The Beautiful Tree: Indigenous Indian Education in the Eighteenth Century;
4) Panchayat Raj and India's Polity;
5) Essays on Tradition, Recovery and Freedom;
Did you know that the art of plastic surgery was first tried out and perfected in India? That in the eighteenth century, samples of Indian steel manufactured by Indian ironsmith and imported into England were found to be superior in quality to steel from Sheffield? That small-pox inoculation was practised in certain regions of the country much before Edward Jenner introduced vaccination? That India used the drill plough centuries before it was introduced into Europe?
Dharampal's Indian Science and Technology in the Eighteenth Century is the first real modern classic to bring to light the science and technology traditions prevailing in India prior to the arrival of her destructive colonisers. The Book is based on fascinating accounts of various technical processes and practices written by Englishmen and other Europeans in the period when they came to India to learn and before they opted to rule. Besides plastic surgery and inoculation techniques, the book also has accounts on the manufacture of ice and paper; irrigation and agriculture; and some aspects of science including algebra, geometry and astronomy, the last reflected in the establishment of impressive observatories.
The effect of ht book has been to compel historians to radically revise their opinion of the technical capabilities and scientific output of Indian society.
Indian Science and Technology in the Eighteenth Century is the first in the series of five volumes of the Collected Writings of Dharampal brought out in a special edition by Other India Press and SIDH.
Contents of this online book (index):
The full text of the Dharampal Collected Writings in English can be quickly summarized in the following table of contents. Becaue these pages are not available to read online, I would recommend you buy the book.
Bramin's Observatory at Benares (AD 1777) [link]
Remarks on the Astronomy of the Brahmins (AD 1970) [link]
Hints Concerning the Observatory at Benares (cir 1783) [link]
On the Sixth Satellite of Saturn (AD 1783) [link]
A Proof that the Hindoos had the Binomial Theorem (1790) [link]
Hindu Algebra (AD 1817) [link]
Operation of Inoculation of the Smallpox as Performed in Bengal (AD 1731) [link]
An Account of the Manner of Inoculating for the Smallpox in the East Indies (AD 1767) [link]
The Method of Making the Best Mortar at Madrass in East India (AD 1732) [link]
The Process of Making Ice in the East Indies (AD 1775) [link]
Uses of the Son and Manufacturing of the Hindostan Paper (AD 1774) [link]
Indian Agriculture [link]
On the Drill Husbandry of Southern India (AD 1795) [link]
Iron Works at Ramanakapettah (AD 1795) [link]
The Mode of Manufacturing Iron in Central India (cir 1829) [link]
Manufacture of Bar Iron in Southern India (AD 1842) [link]
Aspects of Technology in Western India (AD 1790-1801) [link]
Official narrative of events [link]
Events at Benaras [link]
Events at Patna [link]
Events at Sarun [link]
Events at Moorshedabad [link]
Events at Bhaugulpore [link]
Manner of retraction in policy [link]
Correspondence with directing authorities in england [link]
Survey of Indigenous Education in the Madras Presidency 1822-26 [link]
Fra Paolino Da Bartolomeo on Education of Children in India, 1796 [link]
Alexander Walker on Indian Education, Literature, etc. circa, 1820 [link]
Extracts from W. Adam's State of Education in Bengal: 1835-38 [link]
Extracts from G. W. Leitner's History of Education in the Punjab since Annexation and in 1882 [link]
Correspondence between Sir Philip Hartog and Mahatma Gandhi [link]
List of Tanjore Temples Receiving Revenue Assignments [link]
List of Individual in Tanjore receiving Revenue Assignments [link]
Foreword by Shri Jayaprakash Narayan [link]
From the Discussion on the Resolution on Aims and Objects [link]
Appointment of the Draft Constitution Scrutiny Committee [link]
From the General Debate on the Second Reading of the Draft Constitution [link]
Incorporation of Article 40 in the Constitution [link]
From the General Debate on the Third Reading of the Constitution [link]
A Note by the Constitutional Adviser on the place of Panchayats in the Constitution [link]
Resolution on Aims and Objects of Free India's Constitution [link]
Some Aspects of Earlier Indian Society and Polity and Their Relevance [link]
Indigenous Indian Technological Talent and the Need for its Mobilisation [link]
The Self- Awakening of India: The Context of the Past, the Present, and the Future [link]
India's Polity, its Characterstics and Current Problems [link]
Bharatiya Chitta Manas and Kala [link]