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This book looks at the sociology of India from two perspectives: first, understanding the cultural traditions of India with special reference to religious and ethical values; and second, exploring the growth of the sociological traditions of India.

Divided in two parts, the book goes beyond mere description of the main religious traditions and looks at the ethical values that are embedded in the religio-secular traditions of India. It also projects the sociological traditions of India as a historical process, a process of growth of sociological knowledge. The basic premise of the discussion is not one dominant cultural tradition but the plurality that characterizes the cultural, religious, and value traditions of India, and pluralism that characterizes the sociology of India.

D.P. Mukerji: Towards a Historical Sociology
D.P. Mukerji: Towards a historical sociology

I was trained to think in large terms. It made me … search for the wood behind the trees.

The value of Indian traditions lies in the ability of their conserving forces to put a break on hasty passage. Adjustment is the end product of the dialectical connection between the two. Meanwhile [there] is tension.

—D.P. MUKERJI, Diversities

In this chapter, I discuss the work of Dhurjati Prasad Mukerji (1894–1961), one of the founders of sociology in South Asia (who has already been introduced in Chapter Six). I will first try briefly to locate him in his intellectual settings in Calcutta (now Kolkata) and in Lucknow. I will then recall, again briefly, my personal memories of him ...

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