Anti-Intellectualism in American & Indian Life | Ramachandra Guha

The parallels with contemporary India are striking. Narendra Modi’s victory in 2014 has emboldened the Hindutva core to launch a full-fledged attack on independent-minded scholars and writers. Their language is far more crude than the Republicans of 1950s America; but the essence of their characterization, or dismissal, is the same. Instead of ‘pretentious, conceited, effeminate, and snobbish’ they use ‘libtard, Aaptard, sickular, 10 Janpath bootlicker, toadie of the Italian waitress’, etc. Continue reading Anti-Intellectualism in American & Indian Life | Ramachandra Guha

Slavery in India: No Road to Freedom | Swagat Baruah

We must not hold onto vacuous optimism for there is nothing to be optimistic about. We must not rest our hopes in our future for it cannot exist without us mending our ways and we must not delegate this task unto the posterity for the history of caste system tells us that it existed as a norm in the past, spun out as an abnormality in the recent past and is now still a complete norm.  Continue reading Slavery in India: No Road to Freedom | Swagat Baruah