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The Technological Indian

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In the late 1800s India seemed to be left behind by the Industrial Revolution. Today there are many technological Indians around the world but relatively few focus on India’s problems. Ross Bassett—drawing on a database of every Indian to graduate from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology through 2000—explains the role of MIT in this outcome.
Kindle Edition, 388 pages
Published February 15th 2016 by Harvard University Press
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Ashutosh Mehndiratta
A lesser-known title, The Technological Indian is a very well researched account of India's tryst with technology and industrial progress. Though the author has focused his narrative on Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the earliest Indian students who went there since the late nineteenth century, it doesn't take away from the overall story.

Highly recommended.
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Sep 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Overall a fantastic book that looks at the development of Indian engagement with science and technology over the course of ~150 years, primarily (but not exclusively) by analyzing the relationship between Indians and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

The first half the book was phenomenal, the analysis of "technological India" weaved between stories of individuals and the larger socio-political and economic context in a very compelling way. The chapter on Gandhi and his philosophy of te
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Mar 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A fascinating and well researched book that traces the history of engineering education in India from the 19th century to today where India has become synonymous with IT expertise. It is remarkable to learn that in 1884, a mere 23 years after MIT was founded, the Mahratta newspaper in Pune, founded by Bal Gangadhar Tilak, a leader of the Indian independence movement, was calling Indians to emulate MIT as the "best conducted institute in the world." The author has extensively catalogued the pione ...more
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