Reading Foucault & thinking college activism

This has been in the making for several years now - trying to identify the causal chain from ideas to action, especially since the first reading of Foucault. The ongoing trouble in colleges and universities of Delhi presents a case to reflect upon this causal chain. There comes a phase in student life when encounters [...]

Engaging Modern Indian Political Thought – A discussion

'The problem with Indian scholarship is that it lacks a robust, critical biographical tradition' - This remark was made by historian Ramachandra Guha who spoke at the university this week on modern Indian political thought. It is striking because I have often felt the absence of scholarship on several forgotten heroes of Indian independence as well [...]

On a lesser hero of Indian Politics – Lohia and Caste in Indian Politics

The following is a review of political thoughts and writings of Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia who happens to be a lesser known figure of Indian independence movement and of the political transformation that unfolded in the 1950-70 period. Lohia’s vision of egalitarian politics appears to be a case of lost opportunity for Indian politics and [...]