Radhakamal Mukerjee

Radhakamal Mukerjee (1889–1968), a leading thinker and social scientist of modern India, was Professor of Economics and Sociology and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Lucknow. Mukerjee played an important and constructive role in the Indian independence movement. He was a highly original philosopher of history and a discerning interpreter of culture and civilization and a 1962 recipient of the third highest Indian civilian honour of the Padma Bhushan.[1]

Formative years

Mukerjee was the son of a barrister in Baharampur, West Bengal, a city located some 185 km north of Kolkata. He grew up in a household with a scholarly focus and a library devoted to history, literature, the law and Sanskrit texts. After attending Krishnanagar College, he gained an academic scholarship to Presidency College, under the University of Calcutta. He earned his honours degrees in English and History.[2]

Literary works

Mukerjee opened the discourse of the Ashtavakra Gita into English with his posthumous work published in 1971.[3]

Early life

Mukherjees theory of society sought to explain the values of civilization.[4] In sense, Radhakamal was a pioneer of transdisciplinary approach in science.[5]


Radhakamal Mukerjee emphasized interdisciplinary disciplinary approach towards the understanding of life.[5] Mukerjee sought to break the barriers between physical sciences and sciences relating to persons aspects.[6] Mukerjee was a pioneer of Sociology in the 1900s.[6]


  1. "Padma Awards" (PDF). Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. 2016. Retrieved January 3, 2016.
  2. "5.3 Radhakamal Mukerjee (1889-1968), 5.3.1 Biographical Sketch", in History and Development of Sociology in India II. Central Digital Repository, Indira Gandhi National Open University
  3. Radhakamal Mukerjee (1971). The song of the self supreme (Aṣṭāvakragītā): the classical text of Ātmādvaita by Aṣṭāvakra. Motilal Banarsidass Publ. ISBN 81-208-1367-7, ISBN 978-81-208-1367-0. Source: (accessed: Friday 19 March 2010)
  4. http://www.sociologyguide.com/indian-thinkers/radhakamal-mukherjee.php
  5. 1 2 "Radhakamal Mukerjee : Biography and Contribution to Sociology". 11 April 2014.
  6. 1 2 http://www.anlagepublishing.com/teachers/Level_1/Mukerjee_Radhakamal.html


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