Revisiting the Beautiful Tree: Indigenous Education in Madras Presidency and its transformation under the British in the 19th Century One of the landmarks in the historiography of Indian education has been the publication of the book “The Beautiful Tree” by Dharampal in 1983. It brings to light the full details of the survey of indigenous education in the Madras Presidency during 1822-25. This talk discusses the extent of indigenous education in Madras Presidency and its transformation under the British rule in the 19th century.
About his work, Dr Roy Chowdhury says, “In my doctoral programme on the history of indigenous education in Madras Presidency and its transformation under the British rule in the nineteenth century, I have compiled — perhaps for the first time — authentic and substantial evidence for the emergence of educational deprivation among many of the ‘backward communities’ in India as being concomitant with the establishment and growth of the colonial education system under the British rule. My doctoral work has been in continuation of the perspective presented by the late Gandhian thinker and historian Dharampal (1922-2006) in his seminal work, The Beautiful Tree.”