RECALLING THE MORAL QUEST

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January 20, 2018 Editor 0

In his work on the absence of moral sensibilities in education, Avijit Pathak meditates on its impact on young minds as rampant consumerism and competition turn students into mere commodities themselves. He is not a pessimist though and suggests ways to a moral recovery. The Introduction from the book outlines the universe of the problematic. …[Read More]…

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A KASHMIRI EDUCATION

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December 30, 2017 Editor 0

A college started in the ‘Widow’s Palace’ altered a whole society’s perspective on women; then, everything fell apart—in the crosshairs of sectarian violence. Neerja Mattoo traces the rise and fall of women empowerment and a syncretic culture in in Kashmir.…[Read More]…

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THE PEOPLE ON THE GROUND

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December 18, 2017 Editor 0

A harrowing tale of deprivation, suffering and the search for love among the wretched of an Indian urbanscape. Noted Marathi dalit writer Baburao Bagul captures the entire range of human emotions in this story of one freezing night in the city’s lowest depths…[Read More]…

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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

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October 30, 2017 Editor 1

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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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

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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]…

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SWARAJ AND SOVEREIGNTY IN OUR TIMES

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September 30, 2017 Editor 0

In an age of globalization, the project of Swaraj is still incomplete wrote Ananya Vajpeyi in 2009, the centenary year of Gandhi’s Hind Swaraj. Today, more than ever before, Gandhi is appropriate because an Indian sovereignty that encloses its poor, its minorities, its separatist and dissenting constituencies in zones of exception and abandons them to the most egregious forms of violence and deprivation is not consistent with the idea of swaraj. …[Read More]…

WHAT’S IN A NAME?

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August 30, 2017 Editor 0

Naming by a hegemonic force expresses cognitive violence “Harijan” becomes a classifiable category manipulated, managed by bureaucratic-political reason as idolatry. “Dalit”on the other hand expresses the infinitude of bruised existence. …[Read More]…

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EMPIRE STRUCK BACK!

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August 30, 2017 Editor 0

The state, not the people, is the source of the Constitution. In a fascinating excavation of the political philosophy of the Indian State after 1947, Mithi Mukherjee discovers that its foundations derive from an “imperial discourse of justice-as-equity. …[Read More]…