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Eurocentric versus Indigenous

While sympathising with the general critique of Eurocentrism expressed by Claude Alvares in his critical essay on the social sciences in India (EPW, 28 May 2011), this response finds some of his contentions problematic. It appears that Alvares' overall submission is based on a couple of preconceived conceptual binaries such as European/non-European and Eurocentric/indigenous.

DISCUSSION Eurocentric versus Indigenous Anirudh Deshpande a set of ideal values, is both transhistorical and trans-local; these values are present as much in the European Renaissance as in ancient Buddhism and the medieval Bhakti tradition of India. I am referring to

C laude Alvares has raised several important questions related to the teaching of the social sciences in India in a thought-provoking paper published in this journal A Critique of Eurocentric Social Science and the Question of Alternatives (EPW, 28 May 2011).

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