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Interrogating the Academy

The challenge is to become organic intellectuals. For middle-class academics and activists, who are alienated from the grass-roots people in the field, this is a difficult and delicate task. An organic intellectual is someone who can catalyse and articulate the experience of the people, voice their knowledge, echo their wisdom, and make them present in places where they are not heard or acknowledged.

Calcutta Diary

The curse of the empire will not leave us. The curse of the empire has rendered existence in Calcutta into a mournful colonial experience. Much worse, it has kept in bondage scholars and scholastic pretenders across the entire country even after more than half a century of formal political freedom. It is in any case a pretty long legacy. Charvaka, let us admit, was the last original thinker this land has produced.

Reorienting Women Studies

Even more worrying than the UGC's recent move to redesignate Women Studies Centres to include family studies are the simultaneous changes being prescribed in the scope of their activities and the structure and functioning of these centres.

Academic Philosophy in India

The presence of a lively and versatile philosophical tradition in a culture is part of its liberal character. An understanding of the human condition that every philosophical tradition searches for, needs a critical engagement with other dominant systems of knowledge. At the same time, a philosophical tradition to be significantly critical must develop tools and discourses to critically examine its own edifice of knowledge. This paper examines the character of philosophic practice in the academic institutions of India.
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