This book explores the problems present in Bengal villages specifically, which represent problems found within the rest of rural India, therefore the same measures with very little modification could be employed in the work of rural reconstruction and rural education in those parts.
The author discusses issues related to the government, as well as the caste system, and the social and religious customs, which he has argued not only hampered the path to progress, but reduced the people further and further to misery and despair.
Table of Contents
Part 1. Chapter 1. The problem of Rural Reconstruction Chapter 2. Origin and History of the Viswa-Bharati and the Institutions of Santiniketan and Sriniketan Chapter 3. Sriniketan, the Institute of Rural Reconstruction Chapter 4. Activities of the Institute Chapter 5. The Rural Experimental School Part 2. Chapter 6. Evaluation of the Activities of Viswa-Bharati and of the Institute of Rural Reconstruction Part 3. Chapter 7. The Rural Elementary School Chapter 8. The Scout Movement Chapter 9. The Education of Adults Chapter 10. The Education of Women and Girls Chapter 11. Vocational Training at the Institute Chapter 12. The Training of Teachers and Community Leaders Bibliography. Index.
Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941) (Introduction). Awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1913 "because of his profoundly sensitive, fresh and beautiful verse, by which, with consummate skill, he has made his poetic thought, expressed in his own English words, a part of the literature of the West."
Tagore modernised Bengali art by spurning rigid classical forms and resisting linguistic strictures. His novels, stories, songs, dance-dramas, and essays spoke to topics political and personal. Gitanjali (Song Offerings), Gora (Fair-Faced), and Ghare-Baire (The Home and the World) are his best-known works, and his verse, short stories, and novels were acclaimed 'or panned' for their lyricism, colloquialism, naturalism, and unnatural contemplation. His compositions were chosen by two nations as national anthems: India's Jana Gana Mana and Bangladesh's Amar Shonar Bangla.