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Author: Rajesh Sharma
Publisher: Three Essays
ISBN/UPC (if available): 9788188789849
The essays in this book, written over a decade and half, are an exercise in making sense of a world in pieces. Located in the post-partition Punjab on the Indian side of the border, these range over cinema, poetry, fiction, historiography, autobiography, theory, pedagogy, legislation, corporate power, democracy, and democracy’s shadowy others.
The essays in this book are attempts to read such texts in the moment of their making, of their being written. A long, hard look at an apparently contingent text can sometimes yield, I suppose, something of enduring interest and value. In fact, it is today all the more important to cultivate a sustained critical gaze because the objects, the key texts, invite inattention. They attract attention barely long enough to deflect and bounce it off. The gaze must be disciplined to pause on its object long enough to read the history and the possibilities coded in a passing moment.
FROM AUTHOR'S INTRODUCTION
The location of these essays is the Indian side of Punjab, also known as east Punjab to distinguish it from the Pakistani side. The location explains, I hope, the writer’s stance, scope and limitations. This should be most obvious in the section on culture. I have always felt, acutely and with anguish, that the partition in 1947 left the stature and promise of culture in this fertile and embattled part of the world greatly reduced.
Marginal Notes on Punjabi Cultural Identity
The Unwritten Poetry of Punjabiyat
Abuse of Discourses of the Modern and the Postmodern: The Forging of Para-histories for the Punjab
Pash – Killed, Not Finished
Lal Singh Dil and the Poetics of Disjunction: The Poet as a Political Cartographer
‘Golmolization’ of the Punjabi Ethos: Simulation as Representation in Bride and Prejudice
Recipe Fiction, 1984 and Anita Rau Badami’s Undercooked Nightbird
Diasporic Dialectics and the Politics of Cinematic Representation: Looking through American Desi
Martydom and the Politics of Its “Truths’
Concocting another Neo-racism
Labyrinths of Darkness: A History of the Partition
Coming to Terms with the Punjab Within
On the Threshold of Cultural Renaissance?
Towards Pattern Recognition
A View of Democracy from the Corporate Hill: On Ratan Tata in Conversation with Shekhar Gupta
To be or not to be Arundhati Roy
Shadow over Democracy in Punjab: Implications of Some Attempts at Legislation
For a New Political Imagination
Politics of the Spectacle: Reason Retreats when Images Invade the Political Arena
Ideology’s Indian Avatars: Perry Anderson’s Unhappy Encounters
Critical History of Our Times
Reclaiming the Humanities, Reimagining Democracy
Higher Education and Information Technology: Mapping a Relationship
The State of Our Universities
Education for Employability
Foreign Faculty, for What?
Globalization, Growth and Democracy: Challenges before Higher Education
Time for a Paradigm Shift in Higher Education
FDI in Higher Education: Is There Really a Case?
Textures of Violence: Education and the Forging of Subjects