The Organic Intellectual and English Studies in India

  • Prabhat Jha


The paper discusses the importance of incorporating the study of oral literature in the syllabi of English literature across the country in order to know the Lokāyata tradition. It also connects this with the growth of organic intellectuals who can inspire radical change by understanding the evolution of the cultural roots of the country with a direct involvement of the masses. The paper illustrates this through a comparative study of Macaulay and Grierson, the two British officers, and their approaches to the issue. The former advocated the study of British literature, whereas the latter emphasised the readings of oral tradition. The paper advocates an overall internal change in the syllabi through the inclusion of the Indian oral tradition for the benefit of its masses.


English studies Oral tradition Lokāyata Organic intellectuals Macaulay Grierson 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Prabhat Jha
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  1. 1.Department of EnglishCentral University of South BiharGayaIndia

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