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Chant of the Masked People

A close and analytical look at the events of 9 February 2016 at the Jawaharlal Nehru University campus, and the next day at the Press Club of India, alongside the motivations of those in power, throws light on machinations to manage the news and emotional reactions to it.

Education for the Species

Respectable scientific opinion holds that the human species is on the verge of untimely extinction. According to Noam Chomsky, the so-called "least advanced" people are the ones taking the lead in trying to protect all of us from extinction. Informed by their ancient knowledge systems, indigenous populations across the world are resisting the plunder of the planet. However, indigenous knowledge systems are in radical conflict not only with global capitalism but with modern education itself, thus raising the issue of radical choice. The issue goes much beyond the classical domain of the pedagogy of the oppressed.

Arms Over the People: What Have the Maoists Achieved in Dandakaranya?

It has hitherto been impossible to assess the approach and activities of the Maoists in the Dandakaranya region in central India. We now have four documents - two authored by senior leaders of the Maoists and two sympathetic accounts - which allow us to evaluate in a limited fashion the work of the Maoists over the past quarter century of operations. The story that comes across is a dismal one. The State earlier did nothing for the adivasis but, considering the time the Maoists have spent in the region, they themselves have achieved little by way of adivasi welfare, be it in wages, education, health or agriculture. This is because the Maoists' politics of waging guerrilla warfare on the road to seizure of state power has meant that they must focus on using the adivasis for their war.

Open Letter to Governor of Uttar Pradesh

We, the undersigned would like to draw your attention to the grave situation that is prevailing at the Gandhian Institute of Studies (GIS), Varanasi.

Teachers and War on Terrorism

Recent years have witnessed a considerable loss of space available for democratic dissent; the loss has accelerated with government crackdowns on â??terrorismâ??. For a residual democratic order to survive, resistance must accompany analysis at every step. This urgent issue reopens the old question of the intelligentsiaâ??s responsibility, especially teachers within the university system, in interpreting and changing the world.

Academic Philosophy in India

The presence of a lively and versatile philosophical tradition in a culture is part of its liberal character. An understanding of the human condition that every philosophical tradition searches for, needs a critical engagement with other dominant systems of knowledge. At the same time, a philosophical tradition to be significantly critical must develop tools and discourses to critically examine its own edifice of knowledge. This paper examines the character of philosophic practice in the academic institutions of India.

A Parliament Adjourned

The exceptional decision after the December 13 attack to adjourn parliament sine die two days in advance brings out, on closer examination, a disturbing aspect of the country's parliamentary democracy. The otherwise 'divisive' interests of a 'pluralist' parliament evidently found a handy convergence, most importantly, on the prevention of terrorism ordinance.

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