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Friends, Foes and Understanding

The language of political economy, international relations and almost the entire range of social sciences remain trapped in metaphors of fear and anxiety that in turn have led to a security-centric universe. Dialogue, a critically existential encounter and an ethical attitude are ruled out. The need then is to go beyond the authoritarian texts and their 'anthropological truths' to find out how in a world rife with contentious politics, themes of dialogue, trust and accommodation can work themselves out.

An Idealist View of Radhakrishnan

Radhakrishnan has been one of the most fascinating, if a little enigmatic, figures of twentieth century India. A statesman among academic philosophers and the only philosopher among Indian statesmen, Radhakrishnan is often worshipped, some times criticised and scarcely read these days. The reputation he enjoyed during his life time is mostly in the domain of history now. The statesman-Radhakrishnan often eclipses or reinforces the philosopher-Radhakrishnan. Why did it happen so? In our anxiety to put him on a high pedestal and to deify him we have distanced this man of flesh and blood so much that we are doing a disservice not only to his memory but to ourselves as well.


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