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TRUTH IN THE ABYSS OF FREEDOM

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November 15, 2017 Editor 0

To succumb to slavish complicity with the princes of the world for some crumbs or to stand firm for Truth and Justice–that choice involves the decision of existence with no soft option. And truth,born in tragic thought in the abyss of freedom articulated through poetry, art philosophy must be sought for that infinite contestation with the hegemonic powers in place, says Saitya Brata Das.…[Read More]…

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PSYCHE AND LURE OF FASCISM

Between The Lines

October 30, 2017 Editor 0

Fascism can creep into any society where it finds resonance in the individual psyche. In this essay, Rakesh Shukla explores aspects of mainstream Hindu male psyche that makes it vulnerable to the temptations of fascism-fundamentalism. In the process he serves up an implicit critique of the progressive-liberal movement’s inability to meaningfully confront such tendencies as are increasingly evident in India today. …[Read More]…

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POLITICAL FREEDOM, SOCIAL EMANCIPATION

Between The Lines

October 30, 2017 Editor 2

Babasaheb Ambedkar’s life should be viewed as a part of a larger and ‘a correlated but different freedom struggle, one for the liberation of the most oppressed sections of Indian society says Hemant Devasthali . His sense of political freedom was closely affiliated to the emancipation of the Depressed Classes, a process that would go beyond formal political democracy and freedom.…[Read More]…

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IN BLOODBATH, MORAL VISION REASSERTED

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September 30, 2017 Editor 0

Gandhi anguished over his tragic discovery that the freedom struggle had not been as unique a non-violent struggle as perceived; communal riots greeted the dawn of independence: The renouncer had been renounced. But Gandhi says Sudhir Chandra , defying old age and declining health continued his radical attempts to humanise our psychic system. …[Read More]…

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CRITIQUING CAPITALISM: GANDHI AND MARX

Between The Lines

September 30, 2017 Editor 0

Both Marx and Gandhi critiqued capitalism. Both advocated “socialism.” But for Marx it was predicated on the seizure of power and enhancement of modernity. For Gandhi it was built upon an ethical need for Swaraj and a non-hierarchical stateless society, says K.P. Shankaran, in which the individual’s freedom imprisoned by consuming modernity is restored. …[Read More]…

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SELF PURIFICATION VS SELF RESPECT

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September 30, 2017 Editor 0

In this seminal essay, the late D.R. Nagraj journeys to the intersection of the Gandhi-Ambedkar encounters of the 1930s, investigates their metaphors and meanings and discovers a discourse of Dalit emancipation in “the village-centric vision of Gandhi” whetted by Ambedkar’s distrust of its “romantic excesses.” In their differences, Nagraj finds a “dynamic unity”. …[Read More]…