ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Disappearance of the Study of 'Politics'

The eclipse of the discipline of political studies in India's new central universities exhibits a lack of disciplinary purpose. The purpose of the discipline of political studies is to inform us about a political community, while "applied political studies" reduces it to a functional utility. Under the neo-liberal conception of education, utility dominates vision, and there is a misplaced emphasis on "what to study in" over "why to study" politics.

I am thankful to Manoranjan Mohanty, Manindra Nath Thakur, Satish Jha, Hilal Ahmed, Smruti Ranjan Dhal and Shiju Sam Varughese for their critical comments on an earlier draft.

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