The Great Indian Mind

The Great Indian Mind

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Item Code: IDH149
Author: Francis Fanthome
Publisher: Oxford University,India
Edition: 2005
ISBN: 0195665058
Pages: 153(B & W Figures: 33)
Cover: Paperback
Other Details 8.3" X 5.3"
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The Great Indian Mind is an anthology of essays and speeches by some of the most persuasive Indian thinkers. Renowned as freedom fighters, educationists, people of letters, philosophers and scientists, they are men and women who shaped the destiny of a nation. The writings exhibit synthesis and extrapolation of a common endeavour to enhance the frontiers of knowledge and the understanding of social concerns from diverse perspectives.

This book is an attempt to expose readers to a wealth of philosophical, scientific and literary thought which spans two centuries. Here they can reflect on the path-breaking ideas of great minds on subjects as diverse as poetry, science, religion and patriotism. The anthology takes the readers through a historic period when idealism was tempered by pragmatism, viz. an age when actions spoke louder than words.

A brief introduction to each piece gives the leaner a profile of the writer, with a glimpse of the text that is to follow. It enables the learner to comprehend the writing in its historical perspective. The glossary provides guidance so that learners can read independently and understand the complex issues that are discussed The exercises that follow are contextual and extrapolative in nature. The questions test local, global and inferential comprehension.

The Great Indian Mind has been compiled with the hope that it will inspire young readers to be sensitive to the richness and variety of our national heritage. It is an amalgam of critiques on Indian society that, even today, continues to enjoy relevance, both in India and abroad.

About the Author

Francis Fanthome is an educationist and presently the Chief Executive and Secretary. Council for The Indian school Certificate Examinations, New Delhi.

1India Wins Freedom7
Maulana Abul Kalam Azad
2The Secret of Civilisation22
Munshi Premchand
3The Good Teacher33
Dr. Zakir Husain
4National Education43
Bal Gangadhar Tilak
5The Religion of an Artist51
Rabindranath Tagore
6A Vision of India's Future Women64
Sarojini Naidu
7So I Became a Minister71
Vijayalakshmi Pandit
8Philosophy of Life83
Mirza Ghalib
Jotirao Phule
10The Fifteenth of August99
Sri Aurobindo
11Addresses at the Parliament of Religions105
Swami Vivekananda
12Thought, Intelligence, and the Immeasurable112
J. Krishnamurti
13Endless Quest of the Mind125
Dr. S. Radhakrishnan
14The. Scientific Outlook131
Prof. C. V. Raman
15Is the Plant a Sentient Being138
Prof. J.C. Bose
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