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

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Writing the Present

Critical discourse in India has largely been shaped by the social sciences. This article suggests that the exploratory sensibility of the arts and the humanities has a specific and productive contribution to make in the present context in which knowledge is instrumentalised and language deemed transactional.

I can’t help but dream about a kind of criticism that would try not to judge but to bring…an idea to life; it would light fires, watch the grass grow, listen to the wind, and catch the sea foam in the breeze and scatter it. It would multiply not judgments but signs of existence; it would summon them, drag them from their sleep. Perhaps it would invent them sometimes- all the better. All the better.

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