Majboori ka naam Mahatma Gandhi (Roughly: Compulsion thy name is Mahatma Gandhi) I have grown up hearing this expression and have often wondered about its meaning and at the almost proverbial status acquired by it. Whose majboori or compulsion was Gandhi really? Well, at one level, everybody’s, for practically every current within the anti-colonial struggle was … More The Impossible Gandhian Project and its Limits – Remembering the Mahatma Today
( Photo courtesy : The hoot) (To be published in the special issue of ‘Janata’) The spectacle of what is called religion, or at any rate organised religion, in India and elsewhere, has filled me with horror and I have frequently condemned it and wished to make a clean sweep of it. Almost always … More Nehru, Ambedkar and Challenge of Majoritarianism
[The following is the ‘Preface’ to AJAY SKARIA’s recent book, Unconditional Equality: Gandhi’s Religion of Resistance by Ajay Skaria. The preface raises interesting questions not only about Gandhi’s politics but also about the idea/s of secularism and religion in what we might call a postsecular world – a world that is, where the naive and uninterrogated … More Gandhi – A Religion of the Question: Ajay Skaria
Guest Post by Sanjay Kumar Violent thoughts and deeds are increasingly getting justified in the name of Indian nation. A mob of lawyers has attacked students, teachers and journalists, right in the middle of a court complex in the national capital. Leaders of these patriotic lawyers were later caught bragging on camera about how they … More Nation and its Violences: Sanjay Kumar
Guest post by SHAJ MOHAN Manifold is the un-homely, yet nothing is more un-homely than man — Sophocles The middle of the previous century is understood to be the termination of all kinds of containments of man, having witnessed the worst containment in the Camp[i]. This termination resulted from a crisis that is both philosophical … More The Terror That Is Man: Shaj Mohan
“Lack of education lead to lack of wisdom, Which leads to lack of morals, Which leads to lack of progress, Which leads to lack of money, Which leads to the oppression of the lower classes, See what state of the society one lack of education can cause!” Jyotiba Phule ..Most people do not realize that … More Reading Phule – Now No More Silences!
Guest Post by Ravi Sinha There is yet another head on the political platter of the world’s largest democracy. This head is not metaphorical. It does not signify a disgraced leader or a government that has fallen. It is a literal head dripping with literal blood – battered with bricks that supported a leg-less bed. … More The Indian Unconscious : Ravi Sinha