Show MoreAncient India vs. Modern India
India is a Country of great wealth and potential. It is also a country of intense poverty and ignorance. There are many different languages, religions, races, and customs. There are also many differences in the country itself. The land includes desert, thick jungles, broad plains, mountains, and tropical low lands. All these differences within one country create different needs, and different standards of living. It is however; very evident none of these differences can be addressed until the population is controlled. It is and will become even more of a problem for all the people of India, the poorest of the poor and the richest of the rich. The main objective for writing this essay is to compare the…show more content…
The school systems of the various states are under the control of the state governments, and the federal ministry of education helps the state systems, directs the systems of the centrally administered areas, provides financial help for the nations institutions of higher learning, and gives out other various responsibilities. The current slightly modified pattern of schooling in India is ten years of elementary and high school, two of higher secondary education, and three of university. India has about 180 universities and about 8000 technical, arts, and science colleges.
Few countries in the world have such an ancient and diverse culture as India’s. India’s physical, religious and racial variety is as important as the history of how it become what “Modern India.” In India, religion is very important to the people. It is a major part of the entire Indian tradition. For the majority of Indians, religion takes over every aspect of life, from commonplace daily chores to education and politics. Hinduism is the dominant faith, practiced by over 80% of the population. Besides Hindus, Muslims are the most prominent religious group and are an essential part of Indian society.
Common practices are now a part of most religious faiths and all communities share many of the festivals that mark each year with music, dance
This book, as a whole, has an interesting trajectory…singh’s clarity regarding the extent and limits of what her source materials can reveal to her remains unclouded…this is a collection of essays where material remains and textual sources come together to create a plausible historical narrative in which we are not missing the forests for the trees.(Economic and Political Weekly, Volume 2 (Issue 12), 25 March 2017)
An important contribution to studies on Indian history, with some essays in the collection revisiting old themes and sources and others focusing on new sources and themes of inquiry… Upinder Singh’s latest publication is essentially such a collection of diverse articles written at different points of time, covering disparate sources and historical contexts.(Frontline, 28 October, 2016)
Along with temporal flexibility, singh at the end of the book, gives us her view that in order to provide a more complete way of understanding India’s past there is a necessity of expanding our spatial horizon. In other words, her conviction is that linking India to the wider networks and connections of the history of Asia is a must,(The Book Review, March 2017)
About the Author
Upinder Singh is Professor and Head of the Department of History, University of Delhi. After studying in St Stephen’s College and the University of Delhi, she obtained her PhD from McGill University, Montreal. She taught in St Stephen’s College from 1981 to 2004. She has been a recipient of the Netherlands Government Reciprocal Fellowship (1985–1986), Ancient India and Iran Trust/Wallace India Visiting Fellowship (2009), Daniel Ingalls Fellowship at the Harvard-Yenching Institute (2005), and Erasmus Mundus Fellowship at the University of Leuven (2010). In 2009, she was awarded the Infosys Prize in Social Sciences–History by the Infosys Science Foundation.
She is the author of Kings, Bramhman. as, and Temples in Orissa: An Epigraphic Study (AD 300–1147) (1994); Ancient Delhi (1999); The Discovery of Ancient India: Early Archaeologists and the Beginnings of Archaeology (2004); and A History of Ancient and Early Medieval India: From the Stone Age to the Twelfth Century (2008). She has edited Delhi: Ancient History (2006); Ancient India: New Research (co-edited with Nayanjot Lahiri, 2009); Rethinking Early Medieval India (2011); Asian Encounters: Exploring Connected Histories (co-edited with Parul Pandya Dhar, 2014); and Buddhism in Asia: Revival and Reinvention (co-edited with Nayanjot Lahiri, 2016). She has also written a book for children, Mysteries of the Past: Archaeological Sites in India (2002). Her current research interests include ancient Indian political ideas and the connections between South and Southeast Asia.