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Crime or Tragedy?

I am somewhat disturbed by Felix Padel’s detached and academic review of Madhusree Mukerjee’s book on the ­horror that was the Bengal famine of 1943 (EPW, 3 November 2012).

Subaltern Studies

While in Gramsci the term "subaltern" was never detached from the perspective of a struggle for social transformation, the Subaltern school of India gained a reputation for its determined endeavour to rescue history from the Marxist framework. Marxist orthodoxy in India had many limitations and it could straitjacket complex historical phenomena, but the Subaltern school abandoned Marxist premises instead of trying to enrich and expand its scope.

Revolution and Violence

While I share Dilip Simeon’s revulsion (“A Hard Rain Falling”, EPW, 14 July 2012) against the practice of cruelty as a calculated instrument of political violence, and would further argue that whatever the consequences there ought to remain a kind of piety towards immemorial human values like tru

Political Hamlet: Player Scenes

Years ago, the author's examination of the Player scenes in Hamlet seems to have aroused the collective anxiety of the bourgeois scholar-phalanx. Apart from the Players' part in a political intrigue, of which they were innocent, they embodied a form of popular culture that was held in suspicion but recognised as discharging an important function as communicator of vital social norms.

Towards a Revival of Revolutionary Ideas

Scripting the Change: Selected Writings of Anuradha Ghandy edited by Anand Teltumbde and Shoma Sen, foreword by Arundhati Roy (Delhi: Daanish Books), 2011; xxiv + 456, Rs 350.

Decline of the Left: A Critical Comment

Prabhat Patnaik's article "The Left in Decline" (16 July 2011) is disappointing as it soft-pedals the worrisome significance of certain developments in the Left. As Patnaik does not believe that there has been a change in the class-character of the party to explain the empiricisation, how then does one explain its "alienation from the basic classes"?

Two Roads to Decolonisation: Tagore and Gandhi

Postcolonial societies have suffered the consequences of half-understood and incomplete decolonisation in a modern world where the resurrection of a past culture is no longer an option. An exploration of Jose Marti, Tagore, Gandhi and Fanon.

On Higher Education

Philip G Altbach’s recent and current views on education have been rather disconcerting to people like us who had felt a sense of liberation on reading his path-breaking articles during the 1970s.

Environment-Development Debate Continued

The debate has taken a new turn (“The Environment-Development Debate”, EPW, 8 January) with the claim that there is a fourth alternative to the options already suggested. The fourth alternative is to treat natural resources as capital for development.

Livelihood Losses and National Gains

This rejoinder to Jairam Ramesh's article, "The Two Cultures Revisited: The Environment- Development Debate in India" (EPW, 16 October 2010) argues that there are three and not two cultures in opposition to each other: the corporatedriven campaign for economic development at any cost, the elitist concerns articulated by non-governmental organisations, and the desperate struggle of indigenous people who are under the threat of extinction.

Danger of Unilateralism

In reply to my comments on her article “Justice Denied to Tribals in the Hill Districts of Manipur” (EPW, 31 July 2010) Bela Bhatia has made certain general points which are quite benign and acceptable in the abstract, but which become quite complicated in parti cular political and historical con

Skirting the Issue

Congratulations on your incisive and hard-hitting edit (“The Sexualisation of Public Spaces”, 24 July) on a phenomenon that is working like a cancer in the nation’s backbone.


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