ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Anatomy of Official Cultural Discourse-A Non-Government Perspective

Anatomy of Official Cultural Discourse A Non-Government Perspective Rustom Bharucha No cultural discourse focusing on Indian realities can afford to evade the sheer depth of contradiction, if not confusion, that underlies different interpretations of Indian culture' determined through differences in location, history, culture and language. While paying lip-service to these differences, the tragedy and pathos of official cultural discourse is that it assumes a unitary position that subsumes all contradictions within predetermined and homogenised categories and premises. While this makes for an ordered, and occasionally eloquent, discourse, with high-sounding humanist sentiments, it also affirms an 'integral' view of Indian culture which is illusory, if not downright false. A most nuanced example of such discourse is available for scrutiny in the much-awaited and sadly-neglected report of the Haksar Committee.

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