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Of Gardens and Graves: Review by Gowhar Fazili in Biblio

The juxtaposition and the parallel reading of poems written by Pandit and Muslim poets is a conscious move to se the shared language and poetry as the “affective glue that binds” them together even as they bear witness to “the

KN Panikkar’s History as a Site of Struggle reviewed in Frontline

History as a Site of Struggle encapsulates the righteous indignations of a sensitive activist of a historian who is unhappy with the way politics has been drifting into the narrow alleys of obscurantist jingoism and sectarian hatred. Panikkar has been an

Review roundup: The Indian Ideology

India and Ideology: Why Western Thinkers Struggle With the Subcontinent By Pankaj Mishra, Council on Foreign Relations An Interview With Perry Anderson on “The Indian Ideology” Sentimentalizing Gandhi by Praful Bidwai, Conterpunch.org Respect Gandhi If You Will, Don’t Sentimentalise Him Praful

Political Economy of Uncaring

C Shambu Prasad reviews A.R. Vasavi’s book Shadow Spaces: Suicides and the Predicament of Rural India in EPW. Why is it that India, which has arguably the largest number of farmers in the world, spends little time discussing its worst

Perry Anderson’s ‘Outlook’ interview on “The Indian Ideology” on Counterpunch

You could say that, very roughly, it advances five main arguments that run counter to conventional wisdom in India today. Firstly, that the idea of a subcontinental unity stretching back six thousand years is a myth. Secondly,  that Gandhi’s injection

Perry Anderson’s “After Nehru” on London Review of Books

This real achievement has, in what by now could be termed the Indian Ideology, been surcharged with claims to a largely imaginary status: the notion that the preservation by the Indian state of the unity of the country is a

Praful Bidwai interviews Perry Anderson for Outlook India: ‘Respect Gandhi If You Will, Don’t Sentimentalise Him’

… His latest book, The Indian Ideology, just published by the Three Essays Collective, is a scathing critique of the dominant celebratory discourse of the Idea of India, or the lionising of the democratic stability, multi-cultural unity and impartial secularity

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