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

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In Pursuit of Modernity

This article uses personal history to interrogate modernity. Is modernity a polar opposite of tradition? Or do they work in tandem? And in what ways?

Let me begin with a simple question, who am I?

I have been living in Delhi since childhood. While travelling in metro trains and state transport buses as a daily commuter, I have noticed youngsters, wearing T-shirts with the logo, “Who Am I?” I find the logo very interesting. With subaltern voices claiming their identities, the question posed in the logo seems a sociological one—more than a philosophical quest. My interest, though, is in the possible answers. I have mine. That is one answer, not the only. For this quest, I need to know myself. Those who know themselves, know the outside world better.

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