Wednesday, March 2, 2011


Andre Beteille,the wisest man in India, as Ramchandra Guha calls him, was at IRMA to deliver a talk on "The Middle Class." Suffice to say that it was one of the finest speeches I have ever heard in my life.
One quote of the renowned sociologist aptly captures the differentiating factor that IRMAns have compared to other B, R or D schools.
The Indian intelligentsia has somewhat mixed attitudes towards the Indian village. While educated Indians are inclined to think or at least speak well of the village, they do not show much inclination for the company of villagers

IRMA ensures that company of villagers in a village setting is provided to understand the issues with a sensitive and empathetic mind.


  1. While that quote is quite true in first observation. Any good book of Andre B├ęteille ?

  2. I am personally trying to get my hands on his book "Caste, Class and Power: Changing Patterns of Stratification in a Tanjore Village"