The Fulbright Program in educational and cultural exchange,
one of the most coveted of its kind, has brought together scholars from the
United States and 130 countries throughout the world.
Written on the occasion of its 50th anniversary at the
international level, this book seeks an understanding of the program in India
and the larger world of cultural exchange. Focusing on the problem areas of
exchange activity when nations are uneven in political and economic power, the
book raises important questions:
How does the Fulbright experience help (or hinder) our
How do the insights of post-colonial thinkers contribute
to our understanding of cross-cultural exchange?
How can we re-define the underlying ideals of the
Fulbright Program as we face newer challenges of the post-Cold War era?
Seen through the eyes of sixteen outstanding scholars, many
of them heading prestigious national institutions in India, the book relates the
Fulbright experience with issues of nation building.
For the first time in the Fulbright history in India the
book attempts a cultural study of the program’s impact by examining
Indo-American policy statements, grantee documents, some rare archival material
such as the Olive Reddick collection and extensive interviews of scholars
throughout India by the Editor. The book eschews a facile celebratory tone while
affirming the continued validity of the Fulbright ideal for India, America and