‘Sharir’, ‘Shanto Chele’, ‘Svalpo Bidya’: Rajnarayan Basu and his Perception on Education
This study attempts to read the text Se Kal Ar E Kal and understand the dominant ideas of Rajnarayan Basu. It tries to historicize these ideas and comment on its pertinence, consistency, and the translation of these ideas into action. Using the tropes of sharir (body), shanto chele (good boy) and svalpo bidya (half-baked knowledge), Rajnarayan’s stand on the issue of education is contextualized and the extent to which his perception was novel, explored. A close reading of this text thereby reveals that although in his notion of shanto chele we find a Rajnarayan who is perhaps thinking a little ahead of his time, but in his attempt to base his ideas on the notion of sharir and by the reversal of ideas in his concept of svalpo bidya, he voices the idiosyncrasies of the period to which he belonged.