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Before the Night Falls - Forebodings of Fascism in India
Before the Night Falls - Forebodings of Fascism in India

Before the Night Falls - Forebodings of Fascism in India

by K N Panikkar

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English

Publisher

Books for Change

ISBN

8187380748 - Year: 2002 - Pages: 146

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Paperback

K N Panikkar
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Author: K N Panikkar
Publisher: Books for Change
Year: 2002
Language: English
Pages: 146
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8187380748

Description

This is a timely and important book focusing on the growing menace of right reaction. A work of paramount moral, social and political significance, it analyses the depth of the crisis in India today and the challenges of fascist and communal mobilization.

These essays of Prof Panikkar written in the last ten years reflect on the myriad ways in which the Sangh Parivar has pursued a fascist agenda, particularly in the cultural and political realms. They also attempt to understand the reasons for the inability of the secular forces to stem the tide of communalism and explore the possible ways in which a counter cultural movement can be initiated.

An agenda for secularism would involve building an infrastructure within social practices and institutions to ensure the rights of every citizen. In today’s India secularism has to be retrieved from being a pale shadow of what is projected as religious co-existence, to a system of values and actions that come from insisting upon democratic functioning and human rights.

Especially since the last ten years India has been facing increasing hostility towards the idea and reality of a multi-religious society with all religious groups having equal status. A particular formulation of Hinduism-the Hindutva variety promoted by the Sangh Pavivar-is sought to be projected as the primary religion of the India nation-state. This variety attempts to silence and marginalize those who follow other religions through threats to their lives – and in Gujarat in the recent night of terror-has moved from intolerance to violence and the condoning of indiscriminate killing. The system of education is give a religious terms, geographical names are changed to reflect religious identity and cultural resources are appropriated as religious legacy.

A must read for all in order to reiterate the fuller agenda for secularism afresh if it is to be a presence in Indian political and social life.

REVIEW

As Professor Panikkar maintains, the true agenda of secularism – a more creative secular response to the contemporary condition – needs to be put into practice. There has to be an ethically determined society from the one that is being sought to be imposed on us today. The essays in this collection reflect these concerns and will doubtless contribute to the creation of such a social ethos.

-Prof. Romila Thapar

Contents

Foreword

Preface

CHAPTER 1
Conceptualising Communalism

CHAPTER 2
A Perspective for Intervention

CHAPTER 3
Religious Symbols and Political Mobilisation

CHAPTER 4
Hindu Revivalism: A Political and Cultural Project

CHAPTER 5
An Agenda for Secularism

CHAPTER 6
Towards Secular Cultural Mobilisation

CHAPTER 7
Secular and Democratic Education

CHAPTER 8
Democratic Education: Some Reflections

CHAPTER 9
Whither Indian Education

CHAPTER 10
Denationalizing the Nation: Politics of Globalization

CHAPTER 11
An Agenda for Cultural Action

CHAPTER 12
Freedom Fifty: A Critical Introspection

CHAPTER 13
Ungodly Men, Unholy Activities

CHAPTER 14
Why Remember Gandhi

CHAPTER 15
Before the Night Falls

Index

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