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Tags: bigotry, blasphemy, Colonialism, freedom of speech, Imperialism, Left politics, Mahmood Mamdani, Mohammed Cartoons, Muslim Fundamentalism, Taslima Nasreen
Categories : History, Mobilisation and Movements, Muslims and Islam, Politics, Religion, Secularisation, Secularism, War and Imperialism
Mahmood Mamdani recently gave a talk at the University of Johannesburg, touching on the topics of free speech and bigotry in our contemporary world. He took the example of Mohammed cartoons to make this point. It is a well argued and seemingly persuasive thesis which you can read here at Kafila.
I found that I had some fundamental differences with it and decided to write them out here. Please do read him before you read my response. Read the rest of this entry »
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Tags: Capitalism, Colonialism, CPI(M), FDI, globalisation, Imperialism, indian foreign aid, Karl Marx, Left Front, Left politics, Nuclear Weapons
Categories : History, India, Marxism and Marxists, Politics
There has been a major transformation in India over the last two decades – economic, political, social and cultural. Some of this has been a result of the liberalisation of the economy, a significant part of which has been the opening up to global capital. The Left in India, across organisations and ideologies, has viewed globalisation as a disaster for India. However, even a cursory glance at the actual history of globalisation in India will show that it has been as much about India reaching out to the world as the world coming to India.
This paper argues that the Indian radical has been unable to come to terms with this phenomenon. He does not know how to define it, he does not know how to engage with it and he invariably falls back on understandings and explanations from another age which have little salience today. It is this last feature which brings out a streak of conservativeness in him.
This paper tries to identify the main features of the Indian radical’s fear of globalisation, the function of nationalism in this, the role which foreign goods and capital play in building this and the consequences for radical politics.
(This is not a fully developed position but rather an attempt to think through some ideas. Further, the text here is a rough draft which was used to make a presentation at the workshop on Spectacle of Globality organised by Ravinder Kaur and Thomas Blom Hansen at the University of Copenhagen on 29-30 August 2012. Please do not quote from this article without asking me.)
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Tags: Adivasi, Bharatiya Janata Party, Capitalism, Dalit, Democracy, Gujarat killings 2002, Hindutva, indian capitalists, KHAM, Muslim, Narendra Modi, Patidar
Categories : India, Mobilisation and Movements, Politics, Religion, Secularisation, Secularism
The violence which wracked the western Indian state of Gujarat ten years ago has almost become a metaphor for a particular aspect of India’s contemporary reality. The metaphor is described differently, depending on whether one is a supporter of Gujarat’s chief minister Narendra Modi or an opponent. Read the rest of this entry »
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Tags: Capitalism, Colonialism, Dalit, Democracy, GPD, Imperialism, Indian Nationalism, IPTA, Jyotiba Phule, Left politics, Maharashtra, Pakistan, patriarchy, regional history, Theatre, Vinayak Damodar Savarkar, Vinoba Bhave
Categories : Book Review, Colonialism, EPW, History, India, Marxism and Marxists, Mobilisation and Movements, Politics, Pop goes the Culture, Religion, Secularism, Secularisation
G P Deshpande, The World of Ideas in Modern Marathi: Phule, Vinoba, Savarkar, Tulika, New Delhi, 2009, pp. 120. Rs. 240.
G P Deshpande, Talking the Political Culturally and Other Essays, Thema, Kolkata, 2009, pp. 127, Rs. 150. Read the rest of this entry »
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Tags: Anna Hazare, Bharatiya Janata Party, Congress, Corruption, Democracy, India Against Corruption, Jan Lok Pal, Left politics, Parliamentary Democracy, Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, Team Anna, United Progressive Alliance
Categories : India, Media, Mobilisation and Movements, Politics
The Anna Hazare fronted anti-corruption movement has been successful in pushing the locus of Indian politics to the right. Will it also succeed in defeating the Congress led United Progressive Alliance in the next general elections and putting the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh backed Bharatiya Janata Party into power? That remains an open question. Read the rest of this entry »
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The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health Read the rest of this entry »
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Tags: Arundhati Roy, Censorship, Democracy, Freedom of Press, Freedom of Thought and Expression, Geelani, Karl Marx, Left politics, Press Laws, Rosa Luxemburg, Sedition
Categories : India, Marxism and Marxists, Politics
The question of the freedom of the press or, more generally, the freedom of thought and expression, has come increasingly into public debate in India. This perhaps is a global trend from what it appears to me, but in India hardly a month passes without some important issue taking centre stage in public debates around the question of freedom of thought and expression.
Whether it is protesting against a film, a book, a speech or public statement, a work of art, a newspaper report or even a question paper, there are demands for banning, censorship, prosecution (often followed by extra-judicial persecution) and punishment for those who are seen to be exceeding the limits of freedom of speech. Read the rest of this entry »