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Can Spivak listen? Reflections on the Spivak-Kumar Fracas

Anshul Kumar …It was about: when the subaltern speaks there is not enough infrastructure for people to recognize it as resistant speech. That’s what it means. – Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, (In Conversation: Speaking to Spivak, February 05, 2011 06:50 pm | Updated December 04, 2021 10:49 pm IST ) Ever since I have uploaded the …


Critiquing GC Spivak’s ‘Can the Subaltern Speak?’

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  Chanchal Kumar Anybody who has tried reading ‘Can the Subaltern Speak?’ will accede to the fact that it is a text rooted in the academic discourse. Perhaps that’s the reason why the ideas propounded therein are still considered to be unchallenged, or at least impossible to ignore. I am undertaking the task to bust …


Hinduism’s apartheid: Caste(in)g space

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  Dr. Ravichandran Bathran Introduction After India’s independence, the central government introduced different policies to increase the production of agriculture and goods, invested in industries and later opened the market for global capital. The government’s policy in improving agriculture had a major impact on the agrarian society, particularly the village structures. Caste hindus controlled the …


Personal is Intellectual


Zeeshan Husain As a young student of social sciences, I heard the phrase “personal is political” from a teacher who dealt with gender issues. I could sense that it meant our personal lives are somewhat a microcosm of the political (and social) reality in which we live. We, as members of the society, practice those …