ENVISIONING INDIA’S FUTURE: AN INTRODUCTION

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August 30, 2018 Editor 0

Each passing day provides us appalling and tragic evidence of shackled humanity and incurable traumas. Does the future mean more of the same? In this collection of essays editors Kothari and Joy bring together themes of alternative futures, traces of which were and are, already upon us. Their Introduction maps out the visions of possible futures and redemptive choices.…[Read More]…

THE CAGING OF ART

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May 14, 2018 Editor 0

TM Krishna is no cloistered musician happy to rest on his laurels and fame as a Karnatik music exponent. He is a public intellectual who engages with issues in a way that most classical musicians would shy away from.

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TRANSLATING HER GARLANDS

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March 15, 2018 Editor 0

Priya Sarukkai Chabria talks with Mrinalini Harchandrai about her obsession with Andal’s poetry that led to a unique translation project with Ravi Shankar. “Sangam poetics” allows her to offer multiple versions of the goddess-poet’s songs of sacred-erotic love.…[Read More]…

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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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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EMPIRE STRUCK BACK!

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August 30, 2017 Editor 1

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]…