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Pause on Indo-US Deal

We, the undersigned call upon the UPA government not to be in a hurry to implement the Indo-US Bilateral Nuclear Cooperation Agreement. A majority in the Indian Parliament is opposed to this “deal”. Meanwhile, the US Congress itself has passed extensive legislation, the Hyde Act, which specifically...

In the Eye of the Storm-The Left Chooses

In the Eye of the Storm The Left Chooses Aijaz Ahmad The elections of 1996 were held under three large shadows: (1) the new consensus among the Indian bourgeoisie to abandon an independent economic policy in favour of full integration with imperialist capital; (2) the programmatic communatism of the RSS-Sena combine; and (3) the pragmatic communalism of the Congress. The Left, led the CPI(M), waged a relentless struggle to bring about a 'non-BJP, non-Congress government'. The formation of the United Front, which Congress has been forced to support unconditionally, is the first materialisation of that project. However, Jyoti Basu turned down the request to become prime minister on the pleas that the CPI(M) would form a government only when it has a strong enough mandate to implement its own policies. This pincipled position has enhanced the stature of CPl(M) as it appears willing to guide the secular forces but refuses the ultimate charm of electoral politics: premiership.

Orientalism and After-Ambivalence and Cosmopolitan Location in the Work

Ambivalence and Cosmopolitan Location in the Work of Edward Said Aijaz Ahmad Drained primarily in the classical mould of scholarship in comparative European literatures, in a milieu dominated by Auerbach and Spitzer, the German comparatists who had given to the discipline its stamp of high humanism of a very conservative kind, Edward Said's attempt to assemble a narrative of European humanism's complicity in the history of European colonialism lapses into ambivalences. Faced with the problem of identifying some sort of agency that might undo the centuries-old link between the narratives of high humanism and the colonial project Said posits the most ordinary and familiar values of humanist liberalism

Rushdie s Shame Postmodernism, Migrancy and Representation of Women

Rushdie's Shame: Postmodernism, Migrancy and Representation of Women Aijaz Ahmad The essential task of Third World novels, it is said, is to give appropriate form to the national experience and the range of questions that may be asked of these texts must predominantly refer to this experience. Consequently other kinds of questions have to be subordinated to the primacy of the authorised questions. It is with these other questions that the present essay is primarily concerned.
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