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Language: English
Pages: 174 (47 B/W Illustrations)

About The Book
Every great project begins with a dream. The dreamer becomes obsessed with his dream and pursues it relentlessly. He inspires his relatives and friends to join him in making his dream a reality. This book is about one such dreamer, Raghubir Singh and his dream of setting up an institution combining the best of the ancient Indian tradition with the needs of the future. He spent his entire life in the fulfillment of this dream which materialized into the Modern School.
Modern School was the response of a small group of far-sighted men and women to Mahatma Gandhis call for creating nationalist institutions. Lala Raghubir Singh, with his small group of friends and mentors, prominent among whom was Sardar Sobha Singh, made the blueprint of an institution where Indian children would receive an education comparable with the best in the world. They gave it a strong nationalistic base by introducing all ingredients which would make the children proud of being Indians. They devised a curriculum in which equal emphasis would be placed on academics, sports and extra-curricular activities to develop well-rounded individuals who would help in the reconstruction of post-colonial India.
This book is not just the history of Modern School. It is also about a new philosophy of education which was born out of the anguish of slavery and the desire for freedom. It is an unabashed account of men and women who were proud of being called idealists and dreamers. All the events of seventy-five years are encapsulated in this book, as seen through many different eyes and prisms. It draws upon archival materials, including a bunch of old letters and oral history recounted by many who had been with the original team. Then there are the contemporary accounts. Articles have been contributed by artists, poets, writers, businessmen, professionals all of whom have gone thro

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