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Marathi Literature since Independence-Some Pleasures and Displeasures

Some Pleasures and Displeasures G P Deshpande The literary history project in Marathi has remained unmindful of the polarities, internal contradictions and tensions which seem to have dominated both the literary discourse and literary production in Marathi since the 13th century. Romantic reconstruction of India, uncritically appropriated and internalised by our anti-imperialist elite, has marked and also marred the project of literary' history of our country. The history of post-war Marathi writing begins with a watershed in Maharashtrian cultural history, beginning with anti-brahmin riots following M K Gandhi's assassination and ending with Second Five-Year Plan of Nehruvian social welfare-oriented capitalism. It signified a movement towards urbanisation, the full implications of which did not become apparent for a good decade after this period.

The Irrational in Late Capitalism

G P Deshpande Adorno: The Stars Down to Earth and Other Essays on the Irrational in Culture, Routledge, London and New York, 1994; pp vi + 176,

A Kind of Modernity

A Kind of 'Modernity' G P Deshpande Mosaic of Modern Culture edited by Sujata Patel and Alice Thorner; Oxford University Press, Mumbai, 1995; pp xxxiv+235, Rs 495.

Politics of Defence-Chinese White Paper on Arms Control and Disarmament

Chinese White Paper on Arms Control and Disarmament G P Deshpande For China the times of naming imperialism are gone, perhaps for ever. As underscored by the White Paper on Arms Control and Disarmament released by the country' s State Council the right defence policy for China is now seen to consist in reminding the dominant powers that China knows the name of the game, which is power. But if power is the new logic, can hegemonism be far behind? Some people and states in South and Southeast Asia are bound to raise this question.

Ethno-Central Fantasies

G P Deshpande The Past as Future by Juergen Habermas; Translated and edited by Max Pensky; Polity Press, Cambridge, UK, 1994; pp xxviii+185.

The Kingdome of Darknesse or the Problem of Culture

Problem of Culture G P Deshpande Both empirical and deterministic approaches to Indian culture have been destructive. They have assumed that there is no plurality within Hinduism or within Indian Islam. Indian culture is an organic and historically determined unity which has escaped us over a period of time almost parallelly and simultaneously with slow but hopefully not yet certain destruction of India.

Many Religions

G P Deshpande Hinduism Reconsidered edited by Guenther D Sontheimer and Hermann Kulke; Manohar Publications, New Delhi, 1991; pp viii + 238, Rs 200.

Polity and Culture in the Wake of Ayodhya

Polity and Culture in the Wake of Ayodhya G P Deshpande Every time the communal monster bestirs itself, one goes through the usual routine: demonstrations, hunger-strikes, signatures on statements, etc. These fire-fighting operations are necessary and have to be undertaken. But fire-fighting is one thing, having a long-term strategy to fight the communal ideology is quite another.

Rajwade s Weltanschauung and German Thought

Rajwade's Weltanschauung and German Thought G P Deshpande It would be wrong to describe V K Rajwade as either a brahminical or a Hindu thinker. While there were many elements in his thought which were contradictory and backward-looking, to view them as central to his thought is to miss the historicism inherent in his intellectual position.

Art in the Age of Mechanical and Utsavical Reproduction

Art in the Age of Mechanical and 'Utsav'ical Reproduction G P Deshpande REVIEWING Indira Ganesan's novel The Journey (Knopf, New York in the New York Times Book Review, Mark Dery wrote that her debut was a "symphony for the senses images in clean, economical prose

Towards Ethnoliterature

entire arrangement is the role of the ruling party and the way policies get formulated. As argued in greater detail in the second section, Weiner proposes that many policies, particularly those dealing with issues of ethnic based territoriality and federalism, as also with the entire regime of compensatory affirmative action, though instituted to accommodate interests and mute conflict, actually end up increasing them. Noteworthy in this regard is his discussion of India's minorities, and the implications of their unending quest to transform themselves into majorities.


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