Social Change In Modern India

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UNDERSTANDING SOCIETY

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BOOK REVIEW ON SOCIAL CHANGE IN MODERN INDIA -MN SRINIVAS Orient Black Swan REVIEWED BY SHORIN A SHIMRAY

Introduction:
Social Change in Modern Society, this book was written by M.N Srinivas. Originally it was delivered in May, 1963 as the Rabindranath Tagore Memorials Lectures in Berkely. In this book he talks about the concept of sanskritisation, westernisation, secularisation, caste mobility and also talks about some thoughts on the study of one’s own society. Since M.N Srinivas is an Indian Social Anthropologist, he addressed social change in modern India from the social Anthropologist point of view. He reissues this book on 1977 for better understanding the process of sanskritisation, westernisation and secularisation.
Sanskritisation:
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One interesting evidence was found that Sanskritization not only occurs on Hindu caste but also occurs among tribal and semitribal group trying to claim Hindu caste. Sanskritization is a complex concept. Dr. D.N Majumdar comments that it is wrong to assume the process of sanskritisation as universal process to be observed throughout India ( Shankar rao). Srinivas change the definition of the term sanskritisation from time to time. This makes the reader sometimes difficult to understand its true
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