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VISIONS FROM A ‘CULTURE OF CONVERSATION’

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May 30, 2018 Editor 0

May 7 marked Rabindranath Tagore’s 157th birth anniversary. Celebrations were held not just in India but in Bangladesh and Sri Lanka as well, two countries that historically and culturally may have had affinities with India but that also have strong ‘nationalist’ sentiments couching grievances that have erupted time and again or mutely underlined their interactions with ‘big brother’ India in the recent past. So how was it that Tagore, India’s ‘national’ poet was feted in both countries? …[Read More]…

THE LURE OF FUNDAMENTALISM

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April 30, 2018 Editor 0

What makes the human mind susceptible to the lure of fundamentalism? Salman Akhtar addressed this question in his lecture more than a decade ago. His “psychoanalytical perspective” could have been written for the seductive power of right-wing politics sweeping across geographies.…[Read More]…

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TEARING UP A COMPOSITE CULTURE

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March 31, 2018 Editor 0

In our mutual animosities we deliberately ignore the influences of Tughlak, Khalji, Lodi dynasties and the Moghuls on the evolution of our composite culture, or try to reduce it to a monolithic or ‘pure’ one. So wrote Asghar Ali Engineer a decade ago. His words still resonate. …[Read More]…

MAQUETTES OF MUD AND SHRAPNEL

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February 15, 2018 Editor 0

In “Against the Frame” his first collection of poetry, Azad Ashim Sharma explores the horrors of on-going conflicts in Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan, their blood-soaked histories, arbitrary geographies on those “washed up as human contraband” and quotidian xenophobia in the metropolis. …[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]…

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]…