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The Republic of Reservations

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  Dr. N. Sukumar The principle of merit is largely undefined. However, the social and economic worth of individuals and institutions are valued on this amorphous principle. Any standard definition of merit will again feed the myth of the “family farm” comprising of parental background, educational alma mater, economic occupations, physicality and geographical location. Needless …

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Epistemic Battles in Academia: The Semiotics of Knowledge Production

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  Dr. N. Sukumar The ancient world considered land as the paramount resource and wars were waged to capture more territories. For the industrialized societies, capital was the source of sustenance but in the modern era, privilege and power based on knowledge is the magic mantra, the currency of socio-economic relations. As Churchill once observed, …

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Battleground 2019: The Hindutva State and Bhima Koregaon

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Dr. N. Sukumar A nondescript panchayat village and census town under the administrative jurisdiction of Pune in Maharashtra has unexpectedly turned into the Ground Zero for the ballot battle of 2019. On January 1st 1818, in the village of Koregaon, the army of Peshwa Baji Rao was defeated by the British forces which also comprised …

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BJP and the Makeover of ‘Ramji’ Ambedkar

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  Dr. N. Sukumar The various shades of saffron have long ridiculed every attempt of Ambedkar to usher in a just and equitable society. His scholarly critique of varnashram dharma, the Riddles of Rama and Krishna, the Hindu Code Bill etc proved to be the proverbial thorn in their flesh. For the Sangh Parivar, he …

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Goebbelsian Doublespeak: B. R. Ambedkar and the RSS

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Dr. N. Sukumar  Abstract Historically, the philosophical roots of the RSS can be located in German National Socialism and the former has constantly strived to live up to the ideals of its mentors. This is best illustrated when the RSS indulges in Goebbelsian doublespeak to further its exclusivist nationalism. A lie spoken repeatedly becomes the …

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Dalit Revolution and Hindutva Counter Revolution in Indian Politics

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  Dr. N. Sukumar [The author mailed this article to The Hindu newspaper in order to continue the dialogue on the Dalit Movement as the argument first appeared in this paper. Unfortunately, even after forty eight hours, there was no response from the paper. Obviously, only ‘certain’ ideas are entertained as ‘meritorious’ by our ‘progressive’ …

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The Price of Silence ……Who Will Bell the Cat?

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Dr. N Sukumar “Laws alone cannot secure freedom of expression; in order that every man presents his views without penalty there must be spirit of tolerance in the entire population”. ~ Albert Einstein A few months ago, the academia was intensely debating the Wendy Doniger issue. For the person on the street, it was much …