Hindutva is targeted at transforming the Indian state and controlling the Muslim and Christian minorities. At the same time, the primary goal is to transform the Hindus, to ‘‘awaken the Hindu nation’’ Continue reading The Violence of Security: Hindu Nationalism and the Politics of Representing ‘the Muslim’ as a Danger (Part I) | Dibyesh Anand
People who favour the preservation of statues and historic place-names often argue that place-names and statues do not necessarily confer honour. Instead, they serve to remind us of both the good and bad aspects of history, and in doing so play and important pedagogical role by reminding us of human fallibility and the complexity of human lives. Continue reading Is it wrong to Topple Statues and rename Schools? (Part II) | Joanna Burch-Brown
Removing prominent symbols of white supremacy or colonial domination can be seen as part of a wider project of reparation for the harms of colonialism, practices of enslaved labour, and later effects of racism. Continue reading Is it Wrong to Topple Statues & Rename Schools? (Part I)| Joanna Burch-Brown
The Dude still abides today because he’s one of us, as the narrator in his growly voice declares in the beginning of the movie. Continue reading The Dude Still Abides | Swagat Baruah
Doing digital detox and going offline is in fact an option only elites can afford. Continue reading Let’s Talk About Social Media | Geert Lovink
Did we not grit our teeth with anger to read of the unjust slavery of our nation’s past? Have we not realised the significance of our National Anthem? Do our voices not become solemn and do they not tremble with subtle joy while singing it? Actually, not always. Continue reading The Compulsion of Patriotism | Sudipta Purkayastha
Although the ’eternal marriage of capitalism and democracy,’ where the former repeatedly undermines the latter to the extent of being absolutely incompatible, is being exposed to show clear contradictions today, Fukuyama is not being questioned at our universities – perhaps we still live in his fantasy land. The truth is however far from his fiction, a truly universal and homogeneous liberal state cannot exist with capitalism, competitive or otherwise.
How, then, to harness the power of public speech that has become the dominant power in democratic societies? This is the question that the Gorgias asks us to consider and it is especially worth taking seriously in a new era of populism, demagoguery, and fake news. Continue reading Democracy and Demagoguery: Plato’s Gorgias in the Age of Trump (Part II) | Steven Smith
There is nothing shameful about lions preying on zebras; that is what lions do. The same is true for humans. The weak are the natural prey for the strong. Polus, like so many people, likes to talk tough, but in the end cannot face up to the consequences of his own words.
Are we in that sense in an era which is “post-truth”? That is, has the very idea of truth become superceded, obsolete or at least confined to a special and limited realm? Continue reading Do We Live in an Era that is Post-Truth? | John Searle