Author: Aijaz AhmadAniket Alam/Translator(s)/ Editors(s): Akeel BilgramiPublisher: TulikaYear: 2014Language: EnglishPages: 314ISBN/UPC (if available): 9789382381396
As a tribute to Javeed Alam and his exemplary life, some of his close friends and admirers have come together in this volume with reflections on the range of themes that he pursued in his work with such intelligence and relish for some four decades: the nature of capitalism and the various angles of a Marxist response to it, the nature of secularism and liberalism and the forms of modernity which they usher in, and Gandhi’s political ideas in the context of Indian society and India’s own unfolding modernity.Where in the wide swathe between Hyderabad and Himachal would p a man probing for intellectual and political commitment over some ?fty adult years, settle? Javeed Alam chose to settle on the equally wide swathe of Left politics in a life dedicated to both the theoretical and practical Work that has sustained such a politics in India. As a tribute to him and this exemplary life, some of his close friends and admirers have come together in this volume with re?ections on the range of themes that he pursued with such intelligence and relish over these years: the nature of capitalism and the various angles of a Marxist response to it; the nature of secularism and liberalism, and the forms of modernity which they usher in; and Gandhi’s political ideas in the context of Indian society and India’s own unfolding modernity.It is a pleasure for each one of us to present these essays to Javeed in gratitude for the great pleasure we have long derived from his company.
ContentsAcknowledgementsPrefaceContributorsPERSONAL REFLECTIONSJaveed Alam by PRABHAT PATNAIKA Philosophical Marxist: My Teacher, Javeed Alam by SHAD NAVEDREFLECTIONS ON SECULAR MODERNITY, LIBERALISM, DEMOCRACYIs Modernity an Unnatural Construct? by SASHEEJ HEGDEDe?ning Secularism by CHARLES TAYLORTwo Critiques of Liberalism: From Without and From Within by CAROL ROVANETwelve Jottings on Liberalization of Democracy by AIJAZ AHMADHow Secular Is European Secularism? by RAJEEV BHARGAVACritique, Genealogy and Ethical Action by VIVEK DHARESHWARREFLECTIONS ON MARXISM AND CAPITALISMCapitalist Oligarchy: A Constant Threat to Democracy by AMIYA KUMAR BAGCHIOn Fallacious Theories, Fictionalized History and Non-Analysis of Agrarian Depression under Capitalist Growth Trajectories by UTSA PATNAIKCapitalism, Liberalism and the Claims of Historical Necessity by AKEEL BILGRAMIRethinking the Sociology of Capitalism by PARTHA CI-IATTERJEEThe Historico-Analytical versus the Mathematico-Analytical Method in Economics by PRABHAT PATNAIKMajor Historical Problems in the Light of Marxism by IRFAN HABIBREFLECTIONS ON GANDHI AND INDIAN SOCIETYTwo Conceptions of the Dignity of Labour: Gandhi and Ambedkar by GOPAL GURUOn Some Indian Perspectives on Decentralization and Development by C.P. CHANDRASEKHARClass Struggles in the Formation of I-Iimachal Pradesh by ANIKET ALAMPolitics, Emotion and Truth: Some Ideas from Gandhi, Plato and Marley by MOHAMED MEHDIIdeology and Social Reality by A. RAGHURAMARAJUGandhi: An Impossible Possibility by SUDHIR CHANDRAConcerning Limits: Conversation with a Guniya (Folk Healer) by SURESH SHARMAPublications by javeed AlamIndex