Traditional Knowledge Facing the Barrier of ‘Conventionalism’

Traditional Knowledge Facing the Barrier of ‘Conventionalism’

The Importance of Traditional Knowledge in Rural India

In today's fast-paced world, digital knowledge and small classrooms are often viewed as the ideal way to acquire knowledge. However, it is essential not to overlook the value of traditional knowledge that has been a part of rural India for decades. This blog aims to shed light on the importance of traditional knowledge by sharing a personal experience of rural India.

The Bhil Clan

The Bhil clan makes up the majority of Bagdunda's population. They are known for their archery abilities and culture of archery and dramatics. Their contribution to Haldighati's first battle has been widely recognized.

Lalit's Story

Lalit is a member of the Bhil tribe and has a talent for creating wooden toys, including a bow and projectile, a bullock wagon toy, a cricket bat, and a blade. He learned these skills from his grandfather, who passed on traditional knowledge to him. However, Lalit does not attend school regularly and despises academics and education.

Lalit's case exemplifies how a child learns from the society in which he or she resides. He learns from his surroundings and creates his tools because they don't have access to expensive ones. This traditional knowledge is not recognized by the formal education system.

The Value of Traditional Knowledge

Traditional knowledge has no place in the official school system, which values knowledge that can be assigned a monetary worth. In such a system, a talent or piece of information may not be recognized for its novelty or aesthetic worth. Unfortunately, the official education system also values traditional knowledge at a lower level, while knowledge gained during the Age of Enlightenment in the West is regarded as more valuable.

The Importance of Home and School

MK Gandhi once said, "The school must be an extension of the home." For the best results, there must be an agreement between the impressions that a kid gathers at home and at school. However, in Lalit's case, there is a total disconnect between a child's learning at school and his or her learning at home.


In conclusion, traditional knowledge is an essential part of rural India, and it should not be overlooked by the formal education system. The value of such knowledge cannot be measured in monetary terms alone. Home and school should work together to ensure that children's learning is consistent and meaningful.

by Prakash Gupta