The crisis within by G.N. Devy (Book review): “Nearly one in every twelve humans is a young Indian for whom meaningful education is of critical importance”

The crisis within by G.N. Devy
ISBN: 978-93-83064-10-6
Genre: Non-Fiction/ Economics
Publishers: Aleph Publishers
Price: Rs. 399/-

Nearly one in every twelve humans is a young Indian for whom meaningful education is of critical importance. […]

If knowledge is the core of education and if education lays the very foundation of a nation, the author argues that it is of critical importance that the plight of educational institutions and the need to generate knowledge appropriate to India are addressed without any delay. Original and profound, this book offers a clear picture of the mistakes that have been committed in the past, confronts the present decline of knowledge and education in the country and offers a vision for the future.

About the Author
Former Professor of English at the Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda and Dhirubhai Ambani Institute of Information Technology, G. N. Devy writes in English, Marathi and Gujarati. He is the founder of the Bhasha Research Centre, Baroda and Adivasi Academy, Tejgadh and has worked extensively with Adivasis and nomadic communities in India. He led the People’s Linguistic Survey of India (PLSI), a comprehensive documentation of all living Indian languages, forming a fifty-volume PLSI Series. He has received several awards for his writing as well as for his community work, including the Padma Shri, Prince Claus Award and Linguapax Award. Among his better known works are After Amnesia, Of Many Heroes, Painted Words and Nomad Called Thief, Vanaprastha (in Marathi) and Adivasi Jaane Chhe (in Gujarati). He has co-edited a series of six volumes on indigenous cultures and knowledge. As an activist, he played a leading role in the movement for the rights of Denotified and Nomadic Tribes and more recently has initiated the Dakshinayan Movement of writers and artists. The author is based in Dharwad. […]
I would recommend this book to all those readers like me who enjoy deep insights into what’s going on in their country and want to make a difference. Reading this book might just be the beginning.

Source: Book Review: The crisis within by G.N. Devy (Privy Trifles for The Book Shelf, 24 June 2017)
Date Visited:12 December 2020

As far as I can tell, there is no real strategy for thinking about the future of the country. We will have to look to people’s movements on the ground. I think the people of India do not merely have resilience, but also the wisdom that is part of our civilisational inheritance.

Source: Vinay Lal (Professor of History & Asian American Studies, University of California, Los Angeles UCLA) interviewed by Somak Ghoshal (, 10 December 2020)
Date visited: 12 December 2020

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