Why could not the Second World War catalyse science in India as it did in the West? This is one of the central questions of this volume on the British policy towards science and technology in India. Its focus is on education, research, innovation and organisation of science in such sectors as industry, agriculture, public health and transport and communications. In the process the author comes across revealing developments where science played a crucial role: an Anglo-American tussle for dominance in the region, the clash between capitalism and socialism, and the entry of neo-colonialism triggering Cold War in Asia. Many faces of humanity and science are on view --- British scientists concerned about India’s development, and Indian scientists planning for national reconstruction. Of interest to all those aiming for a better understanding of the impact of science, war and international influences on the socio-economic progress in India - or other erstwhile colonies.
Jagdish N. Sinha, Ph.D. (1994) in History, teaches at the University of Delhi. He has published and presented extensively, in India and abroad, on the social history of science in India, in particular on imperialism and colonialism, nationalism, indigenous response, Second World War, globalisation and environment.
Table of contents
2. Background: Science and Empire
3. Science for War
4. The Sciences in the Doldrums
5. Science for Reconstruction
6. Towards Organizing Science
All those interested in the development of science and technology in India in relation to political, social, economic and cultural progress, and in international cooperation and globalisation in the first half of the 20th century.