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Writing the Present

Critical discourse in India has largely been shaped by the social sciences. This article suggests that the exploratory sensibility of the arts and the humanities has a specific and productive contribution to make in the present context in which knowledge is instrumentalised and language deemed transactional.

Sex and the Signal-free Corridor

This article reflects on the idea of the city shared alike by feminism and neo-liberalism and its regrettable implications for how the question of women's sexual freedom is articulated and defended. It argues that feminist discourse is in need of being rethought and proposes that such rethinking will require taking critical distance from the neo-liberal paradigm and its notion of freedom, as also broadening the scope of feminism to address existential issues facing young women and men today.

The Ayodhya Judgment: A Response

The Ayodhya Judgment: A Response Lata Mani Nivedita Menon interprets me as having

Human Dignity and Suffering: Some Considerations

Does suffering affect dignity? This essay examines the consequences of construing dignity not as an intrinsic, constitutive quality integral to our very being but as an extrinsic, variable property dependent on certain conditions. It investigates the centrality of suffering to a left-of-centre imagining of solidarity politics and proposes that this Judeo- Christian legacy also contributes to an asymmetrical relationship between an activist-witness and suffering humanity.

Where Angels Fear to Tread: The Ayodhya Verdict

Was the destruction of Babri masjid justified? Absolutely not. Was the judgment fair? If one thinks of history and law as the primary means of just recompense it was clearly not. If abstract principles of law are what are seen to be at stake, the judgment disappoints. If however one asks whether it may facilitate peace understood as a negotiated compromise between people who have no choice but to live with each other and with all that binds them and all that threatens to separate them, things look more hopeful and less bleak.

The Phantom of Globality and the Delirium of Excess

This article argues that globalisation requires an unanchored discourse of globality to mediate its disruptive effects. This phantom discourse does not merely disarticulate the real relations between neoliberal globalisation and the material realities it enters, transforms, or destroys. It also offers a mode of affiliation for its chief beneficiaries who are required to feel global in conditions that are a far cry from what that term supposedly denotes. What are some of the cultural factors that facilitate such a discourse being credible? What can we learn from some of the terms that have come into prominence in this context? The article is also concerned with the contradictions and tensions that mark the contemporary moment. It argues that hyperbole is not merely a feature of present discourse but also a symptom of what ails it.

Production of an Official Discourse on Sati in Early Nineteenth Century Bengal

in Early Nineteenth Century Bengal Lata Mani Several debates arose in the nineteenth century on the status of women in India in the context of determining, an appropriate colonial policy on such matters as sati which were seen to mark the depressed position of women in society. The reform of these practices was held to be part of the regenerating mission of colonisation. The most sensational and the first of these debates concerned the outlawing of sati.

Doubly Exploited

Finding A Voice: Asian Women in Britain by Amrit Wilson; Virago, London, 1978: pp 179, Price

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