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Value, Visibility and the Demand for Justice

This article begins with issues of mourning and commemoration that arose in the context of the killings in the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina. It then relates them with questions regarding the worth and visibility of Black life. It then connects the political present with the political economy of race and the experience of state violence as these have structured urban America. The article ends by discussing issues posed by the social facts of caste atrocity and Black killings. It probes the relationship between dehumanising violence, political subjectivity and social justice.

Marriage, Family and Community

In the recent past, the debates around sexuality and gender unfolding in the country are beginning to resonate with the experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual peoples and communities who are fighting for their rights. Emerging articulations exploring connections and tensions around gender and sexual expression, identity, state repression, nationalism and the market, in ways that destabilise notions of the self and society are opening up spaces for imagining a humane world where all genders and sexualities can be respected and treated equally.

Torture, the Public Secret

The current war on terror raises troubling questions with regard to torture and the attempts to justify it. Are there exceptional situations that warrant the practice of torture? Are we in fact seeing a redefinition of not merely an entrenched covenant of international human rights but a more fundamental redefinition of what it takes to be recognised as a human being?

Torture in Colonial India

The impact of colonialism also evidenced itself in the attempts to establish a codified system of criminal law that differentiated and separated itself from the 'native' law that preceded it. Despite such attempts, native practices had their own uses in enforcing discipline as seen in the incidents that unfold in the 'Nassick Torture Case' and elaborated further in this paper. The paper also probes issues related to fear and suffering while also enunciating the social scientists' dilemma of needing to represent and reproduce violence without fetishising or merely re-enacting it.

A Question of Politics and Method

Dominance in Modern Tamil Nadu' in Francine R Frankel and M S A Rao (eds). Dominance and State Power in Modern DISCUSSION A Question of Politics and Method Anupama Rao

Arguing against Inclusion

Arguing against Inclusion Anupama Rao IN a recent piece 'Gandhi-Ambedkar Interlace: When Shall the Twain Meet?' (EPW, August 3,1996), Suhas Palshikar has suggested that we locate Gandhi and Ambedkar within a common discursive field by highlighting their [Gandhi and Ambedkar's] intense commitment to emancipatory ideologies. He notes: "The discourses of Gandhi and Ambedkar were not antithetical. Therefore it is possible to think in terms of common concerns and potential grounds for dialogue between the two discourses" (p 2072). He argues that the problem of caste and the analysis of capitalism commonly perceived to be the two sites of major disagreement and divergence in Gandhian and Ambedkarite thought might actually contain nodes of convergence between the two thinkers. Palshikar asks that we go beyond the "assumption that Gandhi- Ambedkar clashes resulted from their personalities, as well as their respective positioning in the contemporary political contexts'' (p 2070), to focus on the "[visualisation] of a comunity based on justice and fraternity" (p 2072), that underwrote the Gandhian and Ambedkarite project(s). In brief, the author asks us to ignore the conditions of production that made these discourses possible, asking instead for a reading of Gandhi and Ambedkar as ideologues of emancipation. In this brief response, I suggest that Gandhi and Ambedkar's thought was situated within a historical and political context, and that evaluating them in terms of an abstract notion of emancipation is distorting. Further, Palshikar does not offer his re-evaluation in the spirit of proposing their interventions as viable for political action today. His interest in bringing these thinkers together is often confusing and contradictory, and does not serve to emphasise the political commitments, and the historical context, that underwrote their struggles.

Televisions, Maharashtrian Social Reform and Literary Imagination-Bombay Doordarshan s Paulakhuna

Literary Imagination Bombay Doordarshan's Paulakhuna Anupama Rao History, 'realist' novels and Doordarshan collude in the claim to representing a particular brand of the real Maharashtrian woman in the tele serial Paulakhuna. This reality helps and hinders the feminine subject. If the claims of historical change are taken seriously, they could be seen to provide a space for the contestation and struggles of women. At the same time, the constraints of form render the serial incapable of 'seeing' women except through the lens of suffering, sacrifice and struggle within the confines of a family narrative.

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