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The Idea of India: 'Derivative, Desi and Beyond'

The dalit discourse in India presents a sharp contrast to the "derivative" and the "desi" discourses governing nationalist thought and the "idea of India". The dalit discourse goes "beyond" the two in offering an imagination that is based on a "negative" language which however transcends into a normative form of thinking. The dalit goes beyond both the derivative and desi inasmuch as it foregrounds itself in the local configuration of power, which is constitutive of the hegemonic orders of capitalism and brahminism.

Calcutta Diary

The curse of the empire will not leave us. The curse of the empire has rendered existence in Calcutta into a mournful colonial experience. Much worse, it has kept in bondage scholars and scholastic pretenders across the entire country even after more than half a century of formal political freedom. It is in any case a pretty long legacy. Charvaka, let us admit, was the last original thinker this land has produced.

Prefiguring Postcolonial Democracies

Democracy in India e dited by Niraja Gopal Jayal; Oxford University Press, New Delhi, 2001; pp 571, Rs 750

Politics of Leisure in Colonial India

It is possible to read in 'Lagaan' not only evidence of Indian resistance to British imperialism but in the filmic and imaginative mode, a commentary on the evolution and development of cricket in colonial India and an attempt to recover, in fiction, some of the lost history of the game.

Caste and the Indian Army

In Independent India, caste has been gaining influence in many fields of social activity. The part it has played in representative political institutions is now widely recognized. An attempt is made here to show how caste is extending its influence to the Indian Army organization.
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