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Social Service in India: Health and Nutrition in India

Nature volume 143, pages 698700 (29 April 1939) | Download Citation



(1) WHATEVER may have been the ideas of the founders of the British Empire, the purpose always before the best of the modern administrators is to develop each part so as to give to its inhabitants the fullest and richest life possible for them. This purpose is particularly clearly shown in the volume called, appropriately enough, “Social Service in India” published by H.M. Stationery Office, and edited by Sir Edward Blunt, with the collaboration of six colleagues, including some of the most distinguished Indian civil servants. The volume grew out of a proposal made by Sir Atul C. Chatterjee's Committee set up in 1936 to inquire into the system of probation for the Indian Civil Service: the proposal was that lectures should be given to the probationers on social welfare in India, and that a book should be prepared for use in connexion therewith. The first course was given in 1938 and the chapters were issued in typescript; they were then revised and expanded and are now printed in book form.

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