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Rethinking Politics with Rajni Kothari

In her seminal essay, “Gramsci’s Subversion of the Language of Politics,” Anne Showstack Sassoon warns us that “if politics remains trapped within a view of reality based on outdated understandings, adequate solutions will never be developed for contemporary problems.” In India, among political thinkers who looked for a new language of politics to confront neo-liberal capitalism, Rajni Kothari’s name comes to our mind.

In his book, Rethinking Democracy (2005), Kothari noted that “… in recent times I have found myself getting increasingly concerned with the failure of demo­cracy … in fulfilling the basic task of reaching out to people, especially those residing in the lower reaches of the social order.” He also observed the growing tendency among people from different social strata to seek solutions outside the frameworks of the state and civil society.

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