Hindu Liberal or Conservative? Heartless or Brainless? | Sujoy Sur

An oversimplified  history of India is laid down, along with its major cultural practices and ideology being Hindu in ethos and a narrative is based around it. Anyone who disturbs this ethos becomes an invader. Anyone who supports this ethos becomes a hero. Continue reading Hindu Liberal or Conservative? Heartless or Brainless? | Sujoy Sur

The Unbearable State of Being a Little Nice| Sujoy Sur

A hero is not a person who does extraordinary acts, but a person who goes an extra mile when others won’t; a person who overcomes the barrier of the ‘bystander effect’ and makes a move to help that person who bleeds profusely on the road; a person who makes an effort to clean his/her tray after having the subway sandwich; a person who tries not always to mind their own business but tries to reach out to others. Continue reading The Unbearable State of Being a Little Nice| Sujoy Sur

The Syrian Refugee Crisis and the Hegelian Right of Recognition (or the anti-pseudo Hobbes-Locke-Rousseauian Right for Survival)|Sujoy Sur

What the refugees mostly seek is this recognition. They are being overpowered by weapons at their home, not being recognized as legitimate inhabitants in their own home. Either they can lose their recognition and become slaves, or they choose to fight it by choosing an alternate means of survival where they do not have to lose this recognition. Continue reading The Syrian Refugee Crisis and the Hegelian Right of Recognition (or the anti-pseudo Hobbes-Locke-Rousseauian Right for Survival)|Sujoy Sur

Morality and Governance in The Republic: The Good, the Bad, the Individual and the State

The Republic is an exhausting read. The book, which is actually a dialogue divided across 10 books, is the most famous work by Plato, who is one of the most prominent personalities in Green philosophy not only because his writings are also the primary source of Socrates’ ideas but also because his ideas form a thesis for Aristotle to formulate his antithetical ideas which then reigned supreme over Europe for the next 1500 years until the emergence of St. Thomas Aquinas and later Francis Bacon. The book is exhausting not because it incorporates a broad range of ideas and themes involving many actors, but because to truly understand the philosophy and concerns raised in the dialogue one needs to come back to it again and again after realizing how its ideas have seeped into the culture and politics around oneself, which results in a symbiotic growth one’s innate understanding of the philosophy in the dialogue as well as of the motivations which stir the culture and politics around us; also probably because it requires considerable patience to read all 10 books one after the other. Continue reading Morality and Governance in The Republic: The Good, the Bad, the Individual and the State

On Non-Absoluteness, Hypocrisy and The Ideal

The society has forever been, is, and forever will be impregnated with exceptions. There is no absoluteness, with the one exception being that of human will, thus, proving the inherent non-absoluteness of the principle itself. Civilisation has never been absolute in its mores, folkways, governance and logic. There have always been some exceptions to every societal norm, crime being the negative exception. Continue reading On Non-Absoluteness, Hypocrisy and The Ideal