March 23, 2003
dynamics of dissidence
Writing Dissent: Taking Radical Ideas from the Margins to the
by Robert Jensen. Peter Lang, New York. Pages150. $13.95
ROBERT Jensen looks into
the future as a visionary of a world free from exploitation and
domination, a world in which one would enjoy ‘anti-systematic’
identities through jettisoning essentialist ideas. This is something
that each courageous and angry individual for whom no worldly power
is too big must strive for.
best Indian authors write in regional languages”
Basu is one of the growing tribe of Indo-Anglian
writers who churn out novels on India from distant shores.
However, unlike most of them, Kunal Basu is not preoccupied
with themes of displacement, alienation and the general
autobiographical kitsch. He was born and brought up in
Calcutta and now lives in Oxford where he teaches in Templeton
College. In an interview with Sanjay
Austa, he discusses his writings along with the
state of literature in India.
and longing in Kathmandu
The Guru of Love.
by Samrat Upadhyay. Rupa and Co.
Pages: 290. Rs 195.
ALTHOUGH the name of
the book is reminiscent of a recent hit movie, the subject and
setting are quite different. Set in Kathmandu in the last
decade of the previous millennium, the book deals with the
fortunes of Ramachandra, a poor math teacher, who teaches in a
rundown school in Kathmandu.
exploration of history & national identity
by Richard Kearney. Routledge, 2002. Pages 193. £ 7.99.
RICHARD Kearney is
Professor of Philosophy at Boston College and University
College, Dublin. On
Stories is not about
fiction writing. It is a postmodern exploration of history,
psychoanalysis and national identity, subsumed under
narrative. Traditional philosophy has split into specialised
branches, e.g. philosophy of science, philosophy of logic,
philosophy of history etc; postmodernism is eminently
is no more than hope for Dalits
D. R. Chaudhry
Dalit Assertion and the Unfinished Democratic Revolution
by Sudha Pai.
Sage Publications, New Delhi. Pages XIV + 266. Rs 295.
THE evolution of the
traditional Brahmanical order led to the emergence of a social
pyramid: its top occupied by the miniscule higher twice-born
castes and the bulk, comprising Dalits, tribes and women in
general, condemned to subsist at the bottom. It is novel,
unique and unparalleled on the one had and the most inhuman,
iniquitous and tyrannical social system ever designed in the
history of mankind.
attempt to unite women
On Wings of Butterflies
by Kavery Nambisan. Penguin Books, New Delhi. Pages 253. Rs 200.
KAVERY Nambisan, a doctor by
profession, has produced this work of fiction, a farcical comedy. It is
a frivolous attempt to unite all women so as to form a political front
and take political power. The story revolves around this theme. The
revolt against man is attempted not by the oppressed or exploited women
but by the well-off liberated women.
subtext behind colonial actions
R. L. Singal
Work and Social Change in Asia
(Essays in Honour of Jan Breman)
edited by Arvind N. Das & Marcel van der Linden. Manohar
Publishers. Pages 277. Rs 650.
AN anthology of essays by
eminent scholars on social, political, anthropological and
geographical themes, Work and Social Change in Asia, has been
published in honour of the dedicated Dutch sociologist Jan Breman.
It is quite informative and interesting. Born in a working class
family in 1936, Jan Breman knew what poverty and oppression meant.