Humanism Redefined

Dhurjati Prasad Mukerji (1894–1961) a major social scientist of the country was Professor of Economics and Sociology at Lucknow University where he taught from 1922 to 1954. He then moved to Aligarh Muslim University where he taught economics, till 1959.

He was a man of wide-ranging interests and of great erudition: apart from being a social scientist, Mukerji was a novelist, essayist and critic of note in his mother tongue, Bengali. He was a connoisseur of the arts, especially of music, on which he wrote several books, one co-authored with Tagore.

Tulika Books, New Delhi bring out a collection of his essays edited by Srobona Munshi. Entitled Redefining Humanism, the essays, "written during a period of tumult and gestation in India’s history, [...] provide an intellectual’s serious commentary on nascent nationhood. What makes this collection interesting is not just its historical value, but also its very evident contemporary relevance. Rare is the mind that can look critically at the present and read available signs to organize and project a picture of the future. Rarer still is the ability to pinpoint the exact issues that will define the grounds of national debate over the next half century.

Written during the 1930s and 40s, these essays view problems of communal division, economic disparity, social injustice, neocolonialism and disunity in the Left with both an intellectual and a human eye. Mukerji sets forth a new kind of humanism, reflecting an understanding of troubled times and indicating ways of possible resolution."

In our Essays and Nonfiction section, Rs. 175, in paperback, 116 pages. ISBN: 9788189487621.

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