The past heritage lies buried in regional and Sanskrit literature, awaiting illumination. When India became independent from the British in 1947, there was a fresh opportunity to write a new chapter of decolonization.
The greatness of the ancient Indian education lay in the emphasis on character building, a great intellectual tradition bristling with debate and amazing broad-based knowledge.
A student who completed basic education in ancient India and wished to learn more had a plethora of institutions to choose from, depending on whether he wanted to specialize in the Vedas, logic, medicine, sciences, classical music, or any other subject.
India’s earliest teachers were the gurus, who taught in gurukulams and ashrams located far away from the hustle and bustle of towns.
Our current education system operates within a paradigm of historical context when the intent was to subjugate and colonize. Is “OUR” education system really ours?
This is a series of articles aiming at introducing and reviewing Dharampal’s seminal works. The present article discusses The Beautiful Tree: Indigenous Indian Education in the Eighteenth Century.