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

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Minding One's Words

Gopal Guru makes a persuasive argument in "Freedom of Expression and the Life of the Dalit Mind" (EPW, 9 March 2013) about the need for the life of the dalit mind but weakens his argument by a puzzling misinterpretation of Ashis Nandy's statements on corruption and dalits, on which he bases his thesis.

Gopal Guru ends his thought-provoking article, “Freedom of Expression and the Life of the Dalit Mind” (EPW, 9 March 2013), with an eloquent gesture. He writes, “Dalits do require interlocutors for the realisation of the life of the mind”, and asks the urban elite “to walk and talk together with the dalit, in fact with the rest of the subalterns”. As someone who has been writing on issues of caste for a decade or more, I would like to extend my walk by critically engaging with the issues that Gopal raises in the context of l’affaire Ashis Nandy.

Liberatory and Problematic

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