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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]…

The Sorrowing Men

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 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]…