When it was first published (in 1991), Political Agenda of Education was hailed as an outstanding contribution to educational theory. This thoroughly revised edition sharpens the focus and explanatory range of the original framework. In particular, the author has incorporated the complex terrain of gender and girls` education while bringing in a more nuanced discussion of caste as a factor of equality in educational opportunity. The book is divided into two parts. Part I analyzes the circumstances surrounding the establishment of a colonial system of educational administration and the implications it had for both teaching and curriculum. Part II locates educational reform within the dynamics of the three major quests of the freedom struggle: the demand for equal participation in education by the lower castes; the quest for self-identity; and the idea of progress.Krishna Kumar uses the history of ideas to develop insights which are highly relevant for the challenges facing the system of education in India and the rest of South Asia today.