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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. We are not just shocked by...

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).

Postnational Condition: Objections and Extensions

A detailed response to each of the articles published in the special section, "The Postnational Condition" (EPW, 7 March 2009).

The Demands of Contemporary History: A Comment

If the problem at issue is the way in which Indian history is currently conceived and practised, then where does the historical basis for that conception come from, if not from the serious distortions introduced by the vacillations of historians themselves?

The Cognitive and the Historical

The Cognitive and the Historical Responding to Sen SASHEEJ HEGDE If a good demonstration means simply an argument which is effective, where are we to stop?

Debugging Sovereignty

Debugging Sovereignty SASHEEJ HEGDE Not that the incredulous person doesn

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