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Future Nostalgia and the Unicorn of Left Unity

Exploring Marxist Bengal c 1971–2011: Memory, History and Irony by Debraj Bhattacharya, Kolkata: K P Bagchi & Company, 2016, pp xii + 285, ₹ 995. No Free Left: The Futures of Indian Communism by Vijay Prashad; New Delhi: LeftWord Books, 2015, pp 378, ₹ 395.

Uses of Scientific Argument

This essay seeks to carry out an apparently simple task: to recover some of the ways in which 'science' was used as a category by nationalists in late colonial India in connection with the need for 'development'. In so doing, the essay also looks at ways in which 'science' became part of a legitimating rhetoric in late colonial India.
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