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Politics, Experience and Cognitive Enslavement: Gandhi's Hind Swaraj

Although Gandhi never explicitly addresses "modern politics" in Hind Swaraj, one can say that it is a legitimate question to ask how he would have viewed it, given what he says about medicine, law, nationalism, and so forth. Rejecting as incoherent the view that sees M K Gandhi as offering a critique of modernity, one can argue that Gandhi's critical view of domains such as law and medicine and his understanding of his own political activity emerge out of his deep philosophical concern with both removing or resisting experience-occluding structures and creating sites of ethical learning hospitable to preserving the integrity of experience.

Postcolonial in the Postmodern-Or, The Political after Modernity

A crucial issue fat any cultural or political theory today is, what are the consequences of the challenge to the modernist interpretation of modernity presented by theory and by globalisation, and what happens to notions such as national identity, sovereignty, and citizen-subject, in this paper the author examines these issues by looking at three different scenarios of postcolonial political identity, illustrated by writings of modernist writer U R Ananthamurthy, cultural theorist Geeta Kapur and philosopher Kwame Anthony Appiah.

Our Time-History, Sovereignty and Politics

If the modernist injunction has been to make the present an object of reflection and to make ourselves the object of interrogation, the question for post-colonials is, what does it mean to be modern? This paper raises questions about how the political present theorises itself focusing on three concepts history, sovereignty and the subject It is argued that deploying the problematic of community should enable us to delineate the conceptual limits of the political languages of modernity and to show the impasses of post-modernity as well as the reflexive possibilities of the political present.
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