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Gandhi’s Theology of Law and Faith

Elusive Non-violence: The Making and Unmaking of Gandhi’s Religion of Ahimsa by Jyotirmaya Sharma, Chennai: Context, 2021; pp 268, `699.

Forking Paths

Sasheej Hegde is grateful to the authors Gopal Guru and Sundar Sarukkai for their lively participation in a symposium on the book organised by the Department of Sociology, University of Hyderabad on 3 March 2020, which also oversaw a critical input from Aseem Prakash of Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Hyderabad and Parthasarathi Muthukaruppan of English and Foreign Languages University, Hyderabad. The event was, fortunately, just before the COVID-19 disruption, although the latter explains largely the delay in our rendition. This paper also celebrates the over three decades of friendship between its two authors—and, even as it bears the brunt of a writing style intrinsic to one of them, the foray marks their shared interests and concerns, at once analytical, ethical and political (of the order of “maitri” as encapsulated in Experience, Caste, and the Everyday Social).

Forking Paths

The attempt here is to think with, and systematically through, Gopal Guru and Sundar Sarukkai’s ambitious work, Experience, Caste, and the Everyday Social (2019). Addressing the two configurations of thought underlying the work—namely the focus on “sensing” as central to the conceptualisation of the social and the idea of “the everyday social”—the paper tries to capture the movement of the text and the conceptual manoeuvres underscoring it. The challenges for our attempt at theorising caste are highlighted, even as new pathways are forged for understanding the problem of caste in India.


Caste and ‘Seeing Double’

Aniket Jaaware’s Practicing Caste: On Touching and Not Touching is a unique and somewhat audacious rendezvous with caste as thought and rethought through the “operation of touch.” The effort here is to explore some possibilities internal to this work so as to bring newer resources of thought to our discussions of caste in India/South Asia. Rather than combing through the entirety of the work in question, it is essential to capture the sense of vision that constitutes a part of the challenge of Practicing Caste.


The Gift of a Life and Death

Articulating itself in three ordered segments, this article is an attempt to think creatively with the circumstances of the life and death of Rohith Vemula. The effort is to conceptualise, through a revitalised notion of the "gift," the challenge of a life constituted as much by an inherent sociality as by a transformative radicalism of thought and action. Resituating caste sociality in a lived sense must, therefore, entail moving beyond victimhood and suffering, and encountering actively the spaces of biography and narrative history.

Statement of Social Scientists

We, as social scientists, scholars, teachers and concerned citizens, feel extremely concerned about the lynching at Dadri, and the murders of scholars and thinkers like M M Kalaburgi, Narendra Dabholkar, Govind Pansare and others, and wish to register our strong protest.

The Double Bind of Modern Education and Pedagogy

This response to Krishna Kumar's "Rurality, Modernity and Education" (EPW, 31 May 2014) attempts to make clear and re-thematise the double bind of modern education and pedagogy.

A Measure of Truth

This investigation of the possibilities of pedagogy appropriate to and pertinent to "method" or "methodology" focuses both on those discourses that already pertain to method/methodology - whether philosophical, historical or even quite plainly "scientific" - and what it invites or evokes in terms of a discourse that approaches its own limits. Method/methodology, as a certain horizon of research possibility, appears to both disable and enable writing, a writing that would similarly test and yet be impelled by the adventure of competent thought and reflection.

Speaking of Critical Pedagogy

Some aspects of the critical discussion on the political science textbook cartoon controversy have suffered from a kind of misdirection of emphasis and even some normative distortion as a result of trying to interpret the practice of pedagogy in the light of piecemeal ideas about public reasoning and curricular change. The author of this paper outlines another way of thinking about pedagogy guided by his own experience as a teacher. He comments on the articles that appeared on the controversy in EPW in its 2 June 2012 issue, on the plausibility of addressing the textbook controversy as an "object" instead of a passing event and the difference this makes in our reasoning about the normative content of academic institutions and public accountability.

Thinking With and Against Lohia: Beyond Discursive Commentary

An extended reflection and comments on the articles in the special issue on Lohia ("Politics and Ideas of Rammanohar Lohia", EPW, 2 October 2010).

In Memoriam: Satish Saberwal

With the demise of Satish Saberwal (1933-2010), we have lost one of the most important links between the modernising phase of Indian sociology and the nonconformists. He will be remembered as a reference point for many, and as an inspiration for those seeking to actively transcend the anthropological mode of inquiry and straddle an interface with the historian's concern.

The Call of Difference: Agency, Subalternity and Beyond

A response to Gyanendra Pandey's "Politics of Difference: Refl ections on Dalit and African American Struggles" (8 May 2010).


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