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Importance of the Past

Gopal Guru’s article “The Idea of India: ‘Derivative, Desi and Beyond’’’ (EPW, 10 September 2011) breaks a certain consensus on both the “derivative” and “desi” interpretations of nationalist thought that has dominated the academic discourses of the last 20 years. It highlights two critical issues...

Subaltern Studies and the Dalit Subalterns

Dipesh Chakrabarty, in his review (“Expiating the Doctrine”, EPW, 2 April 2011) of Aditya Nigam’s book (After Utopia: Modernity, Socialism, and the Postcolony), takes issue with the larger questions of “cultures of criticism” espoused by the communist parties and Marxist thinkers in India. Even...
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