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Social Sciences

Wth reference to Alex George’s letter (‘Andhra Dumps Humanities’, June 28) I would like to refer to a few other factors which have led to the decline of social sciences in Andhra Pradesh and note that this requires wider discussion among the social science fraternity in the state and elsewhere.

The first is the role of the middle class in Andhra Pradesh society which has become quite hegemonic so far as education is concerned. The policies of the state which favoured liberalisation and globalisation have disproportionately benefited this section of the urban middle class, which has economically gained by taking to information technology (IT) and biotechnology (BT) and other related subjects. It is often said that every other household in Hyderabad has one or two youth working in the IT or BT sectors in the United States. The local companies too have hired young people from this section. The result is that a consensus exists among this class that no other subject of study, certainly not social sciences, benefits the families and sections involved. The more important point is also that the creation of a public sphere does not happen with the emergence of this middle class. This section appears apolitical, insensitive and is interested only in reaping as much benefits as possible from the process of globalisation.

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