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Multiple lives Superhuman or fallible? Hirsh Sawhney considers the complicated existence of Mahatma Gandhi

Multiple lives Superhuman or fallible? Hirsh Sawhney considers the complicated existence of Mahatma Gandhi

HIRSH SAWHNEY FEBRUARY 19, 2019 THE TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT The leading international weekly for literary culture In 1919, the First World War had been won, thanks in large part to the contribution of more than 1 million Indian soldiers fighting on the side of the Allied powers, some of whom had been forcibly enlisted into the British armed forces. The British… Read more →

“Azaadi”

“Azaadi”

by Umer BeighFeb 20, 2019  A young man in his 20s broke the news to his friends while they were eating in a park in Srinagar. “Burhan is dead,” he whispered. It was July 7, 2016. Over the preceding five years, 22-year-old Burhan Wani had become the face of militant opposition to the Indian occupation of the Himalayan region of Kashmir…. Read more →

GLOBALISATION AND THE DALITS Dr. Anand Teltumbde

GLOBALISATION AND THE DALITS Dr. Anand Teltumbde

INTRODUCTION Globalisation in a Historical Perspective The doctrinal basis of today’s globalisation is provided by the “neo-liberalism” that represented revival of economic liberalism propounded by Adam Smith in 1776 in his famous book titled, “Wealth of Nations”. Economic liberalism advocated the abolition of the government intervention in economic matters; it considered fee trade was the best way for a nation’s… Read more →

'There Is No Such Thing as Emancipatory Technology': Marxist Scholar David Harvey

‘There Is No Such Thing as Emancipatory Technology’: Marxist Scholar David Harvey

In an interview with The Wire, Harvey talks about the problems of neo-liberalism and the surge of populist and right-wing politics. British scholar David Harvey is one of the most renowned Marxist scholars in the world today. His course on Karl Marx’s Capital is highly popular and has even been turned into a series on YouTube. Harvey is known for his support… Read more →

Hindu nationalism and the ‘saffronisation of the public sphere’: an interview with Christophe Jaffrelot

Hindu nationalism and the ‘saffronisation of the public sphere’: an interview with Christophe Jaffrelot

Edward Andersona and Christophe Jaffrelotb a Centre of South Asian Studies, Department of Politics and International Studies, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland; b Centre de Recherches Internationales, Sciences Po, Paris, France ABSTRACT This in-depth interview with Professor Christophe Jaffrelot – one of the world’s most distinguished, prolific, and versatile scholars of contemporary South… Read more →

Revolution in the head: how Eric Hobsbawm became a communist national treasure He ended his life a British national treasure but Eric Hobsbawm never lost faith in his youthful communism

Revolution in the head: how Eric Hobsbawm became a communist national treasure He ended his life a British national treasure but Eric Hobsbawm never lost faith in his youthful communism

by John Bew / January 29, 2019 / Leave a comment Published in March 2019 issue of Prospect Magazine As a bookish grammar school boy in north-west London in the mid-1930s, described by his cousin as “ugly as sin but a mind,” Eric Hobsbawm fantasised in his diary about bringing about a communist revolution in Britain. Based on his reading of Russian and Irish… Read more →

நான் என்றும் மக்கள் ஊழியனே…

நான் என்றும் மக்கள் ஊழியனே…

ஏழ்மையை ஒழிப்பதற்குப் பதிலாக, ‘ஏழை’களுக்கு தனி ஒதுக்கீடு வழங்குவதில் ஜெட் வேகத்தில் அரசு இயந்திரம் செயல்பட்டதைக் கண்ணுற்ற பின்னணியில், காலம் காலமாக சமூகத்தில் ஒடுக்கப்பட்டு கிடந்த பட்டியலின, பழங்குடியின், சமூக-கல்வி ரீதியாகப் பிற்படுத்தப்பட்ட மக்களின் வாழ்க்கை மேம்பாட்டிற்காக உழைத்தவர்களின் போராட்டங்கள் எத்தகைய எதிர்ப்புகளை சந்தித்து வந்தன என்பதை அறிந்த பின்னணியில் பார்க்கும்போது, அரசு இயந்திரத்தின் மிகமுக்கியமான கண்ணியான இந்திய ஆட்சிப் பணியில் இருந்து கொண்டே சமூக நீதியை நிலைநாட்டப் பாடுபட முடியும் என்பதை இன்று வரை நிரூபித்து வருபவர் திரு. பி.எஸ். கிருஷ்ணன். இந்த… Read more →

Quota for poor- Constitutional and social issues, implications

Quota for poor- Constitutional and social issues, implications

Quota for poor- Constitutional and social issues, implicationsJANUARY 9, 2019 Justice Jeevan Reddy in the Mandal judgment held that “a backward class cannot be determined only and exclusively with reference to economic criterion. It may be a consideration or basis along with and in addition to social backwardness, but it can never be the sole criterion…” The decision of the… Read more →

P.S. Krishnan: A bureaucrat committed to social justice

P.S. Krishnan: A bureaucrat committed to social justice

P.S. Krishnan was the heart, brain and hand behind a number of constitutional and legislative enactments, such as the granting of constitutional status to the National Commission for SCs and STs, the SC and ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act 1989 and the implementation of the Mandal commission’s reportBY VASANTHI DEVI वासंती देवी ON AUGUST 30, 2018 NO COMMENTSइस लेख को हिंदी में पढ़ें P.S…. Read more →

'Reservation Is Not Poverty Alleviation Programme, New Bill May Be Struck Down'

‘Reservation Is Not Poverty Alleviation Programme, New Bill May Be Struck Down’

A Crusade for Social Justice, published by South Vision Books  P.S. Krishnan, the former secretary to government of India, was one of the crucial people behind the enactment of several historic laws regarding social justice. The current Bill proposed by the government to provide reservation to economically weaker upper castes in jobs and education, he says, violates the Constitution and may… Read more →

Cuba, Che Guevara, and the Problem of “Socialism in One Country”

Cuba, Che Guevara, and the Problem of “Socialism in One Country”

The Political Economy of Socialist Transition From the early days of the Cuban Revolution, strengthening the internal and external conditions of its survival has been of great concern to its protagonists, even though their approach has never solely been a defensive one. After the seizure of power, converting the rebel army into a more regular defense force was perhaps the… Read more →

ஆர்எஸ்எஸ் - பாஜக மதவெறிக்கு எதிராக பிரம்மாண்டப் போர்

ஆர்எஸ்எஸ் – பாஜக மதவெறிக்கு எதிராக பிரம்மாண்டப் போர்

“நாங்கள் அசுத்தமானவர்கள் அல்ல” என்ற ஆவேச முழக்கத்துடன் ஐம்பது லட்சத்துக்கும் மேற்பட்ட பெண்கள் 2019 ஜனவரி 1 புத்தாண்டு அன்று, பழமைவாதிகளுக்கு எதிராக ‘வனிதா மதில்’ என மலையாளத்தில் கூறப்படும் “பெண்கள் சுவர்” அமைக்க உள்ளனர். மனிதச் சங்கிலி என்று கேள்விப்பட்டிருப்போம். ஆனால் இப்போது அமைய இருப்பது ‘பெண்கள் சுவர்’ பிரம்மாண்டமான மதில். பொதுவாக கொடிய விலங்குகள், திருடர்கள் உள்ளே புகாமல் பாதுகாக்கவே சுவர் அமைக்கப்படுகிறது. அதைப் போலவே முற்போக்கு மறுமலர்ச்சி அடைந்துள்ள கேரளாவை நூற்றாண்டுகள் பின்னுக்கு இழுக்க முயற்சிக்கும் சாதி மதப் பழமைவாதிகள்… Read more →

Criticism and Criticism

Criticism and Criticism

PRABHAT PATNAIK FORMER Reserve Bank governor Raghuram Rajan has come out openly against the Indian government’s measure of demonetisation of currency notes in November 2016, in a speech delivered recently at the University of California at Berkeley. Since Rajan is an economist of repute, and has been an important economic decision-maker in the country, his criticism of demonetisation is to… Read more →

Propaganda during World War I: An Illustrated Account

Propaganda during World War I: An Illustrated Account

Propaganda during World War I: An Illustrated Account These stories are not unique cases from a remote war. The same methods are constantly rinsed and repeated, the mentality in our ruling elites is the same, and the risk of a major conflict is as great today as in 1914. These examples concentrate mostly on British/American perception management and propaganda. First… Read more →

Disciplined, Determined and Hopeful: Documenting Delhi's Kisan March

Disciplined, Determined and Hopeful: Documenting Delhi’s Kisan March

She reached Delhi just six hours ago from Dudgaon village in Maharashtra’s Nashik district. “We took a train from Nashik on the night of  November 27,” she says. “We had no reserved berth. We sat near the door throughout the journey. My back is hurting after sitting upright for 24 hours.” Yamuna (in the cover photo on top) is among… Read more →

Fascism then. Fascism now? by Paul Bigioni Toronto Star, November 27, 2005 (www.thestar.com)

Fascism then. Fascism now? by Paul Bigioni Toronto Star, November 27, 2005 (www.thestar.com)

Observing political and economic discourse in North America since the 1970s leads to an inescapable conclusion: The vast bulk of legislative activity favours the interests of large commercial enterprises. Big business is very well off, and successive Canadian and U.S. governments, of whatever political stripe, have made this their primary objective for at least the past 25 years. Digging deeper… Read more →

Camus’ rejection of tyranny is worth remembering today

Camus’ rejection of tyranny is worth remembering today

The French writer determinedly tackled the totalitarian impulse JAMES BLOODWORTH @J_Bloodworth Albert Camus is one of the great 20th-century critics of totalitarian thought. Along with writers such as Hannah Arendt and George Orwell, Camus identified the human longing for unity – and the impulse to escape the irrational absurdity of life – as one of the foundations for totalitarian political… Read more →

TWILIGHT OF SWEDISH SOCIAL DEMOCRACY

TWILIGHT OF SWEDISH SOCIAL DEMOCRACY

Sweden’s parliamentary election on 9 September 2018 resulted in the weakest performance for the Social Democrats since near-universal male suffrage was introduced in 1911. Then, the party got 28.5 per cent of the vote; this time, it managed 28.3 per cent. An entire century of electoral advance was wiped out. Even so, party headquarters greeted the outcome as a semi-victory,… Read more →

God, the Editor

God, the Editor

Can the Qur’an be read as literature?By Anna Della SubinDownload PdfRead OnlineSingle PagePrint PageDiscussed in this essay:God in the Qur’an, by Jack Miles. Knopf. 256 pages. $26.95.Christ: A Crisis in the Life of God, by Jack Miles. Vintage. 368 pages. $16.95.God: A Biography, by Jack Miles. Vintage. 446 pages. $17.95.Who was God speaking to when he said “Let there be light”? There was nobody… Read more →

Beyond Identity

Beyond Identity

Is class or identity the most salient political category when it comes to building progressive social movements? Does such a division make sense? This debate was brought into sharp focus during the 2016 Democratic Primary, which saw Hillary Clinton accuse her opponent Bernie Sanders of disregarding racism, sexism, and homophobia in favour of a myopic focus on economic inequality. The… Read more →

The Unseeables

The Unseeables

Ants among Elephants: An Untouchable Family and the Making of Modern Indiaby Sujatha GidlaDaunt, 341 pp, £14.99, May, ISBN 978 1 911547 20 4 This is a family biography that encompasses a history rarely told: despite its longevity, caste, and caste oppression, is not a popular theme in India. Sujatha Gidla writes of poisoned lives, of disillusionment, betrayed hopes, unrequited loves, attempted escapes through alcohol and sex. What… Read more →

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