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  • The book “A History of Sriniketan: Rabindranath Tagore’s Pioneering Work in Rural Reconstruction” by Uma Das Gupta explores Tagore’s attempt to inspire the deprived sections of rural society to self reliance and to make them economically independent by setting up a centre for rural reconstruction called Sriniketan as a wing of his Visva-Bharati International University at Santiniketan in 1922.

  • The idea was pioneering in its times as an endeavour for improving the condition of the peasantry by using scientific methods of cultivation through laboratory experiments where the expert and the peasant collectively participated.

  • Tagore’s independent thinking gave him the courage of conviction to work alone with his ideas of rural reconstruction outside the Nationalist Movement.

  • Read an excerpt from the book below.