Author: K.N. PanikkarPublisher: Three EssaysYear: 2013Language: EnglishPages: 652ISBN/UPC (if available): 9788188789788
This valuable collection of essays by KN Panikkar chronicles contemporary South Asia as it has unfolded in the last three decades. His being a historian of modern India has lent to his analysis of contemporary concerns a unique vantage point not available in most commentaries of contemporary South Asia.The author focuses on the alliance between the neo-liberal policies and Hindu fundamentalism in India, and the vicissitudes of politics in all of South Asia, particularly the rights of minorities and the linkages between religious fundamentalism and the erosion of democracy. He gives special attention to the historical context of the Hindu right wing cultural project and outlines the agenda for struggle against the corrosive influence of this home grown fascism.The destruction of the educational system through privatization by all political regimes, and particularly its communalization during the NDA regime are shown as major setbacks to the secular and democratic project in South Asia. The significance of history as a site of struggle and contestations over history is a running thread in these essays.The essays are written in a style that is accessible, and are a wonderful illustration of how those involved in academics can make a larger public participate in the intellectual debates of our times. This book would be useful for those engaged in academics of course, but students, civil society activists and concerned citizens would also gain from it and enjoy it tremendously. The terrain of history, culture and secularity remains bitterly contested in contemporary India as it was during the anti-colonial struggle. Few have written on these themes with greater insight and involvement than KN Panikkar, eminent historian and public intellectual.
ContentsEditor’s NoteAcknowledgementsHISTORY AND HISTORIOGRAPHYColonialism, Culture and RevivalismOutsider as Enemy: Politics of Rewriting History in IndiaHistory and Cultural HeritageA Rational View of the Past: The Babri Masjid DisputeOn HistoriographyHistory Textbooks in IndiaHistory Retold: Fascist Future of the PastCompeting HistoriographiesEMS as HistorianA Great Historian: Servepalli Gopal, 1923-2002Alternative Historiographies: Changing Paradigms of Power‘It is a Fear of History’History as Site of StruggleMyth, History and PoliticsWriting Local History in the Times of Globalization NATIONAL POLITICSIncomplete StruggleFreedom Fifty: A Critical IntrospectionCongress: Loss of LegitimacyDenationalizing the Nation: Politics of GlobalizationPolitics without IdealismSecularism under SiegeHistory, Politics and CultureTowards an Agenda for Secular Cultural MobilizationMedia and Public SphereBhagat Singh: Profile of a RevolutionaryNationalism: Beyond Anti-colonialismThe Secular Way: To Uphold Democratic PrinciplesOn the Great Rebellion of 1857Communalization and the Retrieval of the SecularAyodhya: A Historical OverviewWas There a Renaissance in India?Was Indian Nationalism Inclusive?Some Thoughts on SecularismCorruption and the Middle ClassJan LokpalCorruption – A Threat to Indian DemocracyCOMMUNAL POLITICSReligious Politics: The Possible FutureReligious Symbols and Political MobilizationThe Right to KnowBabri MasjidMeaning of BJP PoliticsHindu Revivalism: A Political and Culture ProjectThe Task before the NationCommunalism in India: Towards an InterventionTowards a Hindu Nation‘Worse than Medievalism’Countering the Revivalist SpiritGujarat: Symptoms of a De-civilizing ProcessThe Agony of GujaratBefore the Night FallsA Dangerous DecadeCommunalizing KeralaIn the Name of NationalismAssassination of the MahatmaCommunalism – the Road AheadThe Struggle WithinEDUCATIONDemocratic Education: Some ReflectionsDenationalizing EducationSecular and Democratic EducationHigher Education: Perilous ProspectsEducation for FundamentalismWhither Indian Education?Education: Beyond Review and RectificationCommunalization of EducationIn Defense of the Right to Know CULTURECultural Pasts and National IdentityTradition, Innovation and Identity: Religion and Caste in Colonial IndiaGlobalization, Culture and CommunalismUngodly Men, Unholy ActivitiesA Perspective for InterventionAn Agenda for Secularism Minorities in South AsiaIdentity Politics in South AsiaAn Agenda for Culture ActionLeft Culture Intervention: Perspectives and PracticeProgressive Cultural Movement in India