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Born(1922-02-19)19 February 1922
Died(2006-10-24)24 October 2006 [1][2][3]

Dharampal (Hindi: धरमपाल) (19 February 1922 – 24 October 2006) was an Indian thinker. He authored The Beautiful Tree: Indigenous Indian Education in the Eighteenth Century (1983),[4] Indian Science and Technology in the Eighteenth Century (1971) and Civil Disobedience and Indian Tradition (1971), among other seminal works, which have led to a radical reappraisal of conventional views of the cultural, scientific and technological achievements of Indian society at the eve of the establishment of Company rule in India.

In 2001, he was named chairman of the National Commission on Cattle and Minister of State by the Government of India.[2][5][6]

Dharampal was instrumental in changing the understanding of pre-colonial Indian education system.[7][8]

Dharampal primary works are based on documentation by the colonial government on Indian education, agriculture, technology, and arts during the period of colonial rule in India.[9][10]



Dharampal's books highlighted the educational system in India before British Raj took over. In one of the reports conducted in Madras Presidency, the number of non-branhmin students were more than Brahmin students during 1820's.[3]


The book "The Beautiful Tree" is translated into Kannada as "Cheluva Taru".[8]


  1. ^ "Introducing Dharampal - Center for Indic Studies". Archived from the original on 7 June 2020. Retrieved 5 September 2020.
  2. ^ a b "Introducing Dharampal - Center For Indic Studies". 7 June 2020. Archived from the original on 7 June 2020.
  3. ^ a b c Kakkar, Ankur (19 February 2019). "Remembering Dharampal's Seminal Contribution".
  4. ^ "The Beautiful Tree". www.goodreads.com.
  5. ^ "National commission on Cattle to be set up - Times of India". The Times of India.
  6. ^ "CHAPTER II Exective Summery [sic] | Department of Animal Husbandry & Dairying". dahd.nic.in.
  7. ^ Kakkar, Ankur (19 February 2019). "Remembering Dharampal's Seminal Contribution". IndiaFacts. Retrieved 27 December 2020.
  8. ^ a b c "'Gandhian thinker Dharampal has not got due credit'". Deccan Herald. 27 March 2017.
  9. ^ "Dharampal's 'The Beautiful Tree: Indigenous Indian Education in the Eighteenth Century". 22 December 2019.
  10. ^ Basu, Aparna (February 1985). "Comparative Education Review Volume 29, Number 1 Feb. 1985". Comparative Education Review. 29 (1): 137–140. doi:10.1086/446501.
  11. ^ "THE BEAUTIFUL TREE - DHARAMPAL" – via Internet Archive.
  12. ^ The British origin of cow-slaughter in India: with some British documents on the Anti-Kine-Killing Movement, 1880-1894. Society for Integrated Development of Himalayas. 6 September 2002 – via University of Wisconsin-Madison Libraries Catalog.
  13. ^ Understanding Gandhi. Other India Press. 2003. ISBN 9788185569598.
  14. ^ "Understanding Gandhi". www.goodreads.com.

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