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Elitism and its challengers: Educational development ideology in postcolonial India through the prism of film, 1950–1970

Peter Sutoris

International Journal of Educational Development, 2018, vol. 60, issue C, 1-9

Abstract: This article examines the ideological foundations of state-led educational development in India, as reflected in documentary films produced by the Films Division of India, the institution tasked with spreading the government’s vision for developing India. An analysis of documentaries concerned with educational development made from 1950 to 1970 shows contradictory educational visions that reflect the different understanding various groups of actors within the government had about the role education would play in Indian society. These tensions and contestations echo present-day debates about Indian education and help illuminate the dynamics currently at play in the gap between state rhetoric and the delivery of education in India.

Keywords: Public education; Development ideology; Documentary film; India; Postcolonialism; Delivery gap (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018
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