Sunday, August 16, 2009

A fraternal argument with Debashish Banerji

[Social justice is Left focus: Karat to Sen
Indian Express -
CPM general secretary Prakash Karat on Friday joined issue with Nobel laureate Amartya Sen for accusing the Left of neglecting matters of social justice and focusing more on the Indo-US nuclear deal.
A fraternal argument with Dr Amartya Sen Business Standard]

[Re: Competing Visions of History in Internal Islamic Discourse and Islamic-Western Dialogue - ABDULLAHI A. AN-NA'IM Angiras Wed 12 Nov 2008 11:26 PM PST
A crucial point in An-Na'im's fascinating and insightful article is the hegemony of the "center" over the "peripheries" as defined in terms of the historical origins of Islam. Pondicherry is the Mecca of the Integral Yoga community. The question is: does this make Sri Aurobindo the property of the Ashram and India, or does he belong to the world? The attempt by defenders of the faith in Pondicherry to seize control of the representation of Sri Aurobindo on the other side of the globe resembles the hijacking of Islam by the Wahhabis of Saudi Arabia.]

[Re: reconciliation, expectation, outcome Debashish Wed 03 Dec 2008 12:22 AM PST Q: How'd we all end up in this mess? A: We ended up in this mess because over the years "the religion" gradually got hold of us, till we began to believe that "the religion" was "the force field." We ended up in this mess because a few among us understood the properties of "the religion" and found out how easy it was to show everyone who are "the bosses." Problem is, they thought everyone was under "the force field" but it turned out, this was not the case. Then it got messy. Q: What part do we play in resolving it? A: Dissolve the black magic of "the force field," shake off the disease of "the religion," let everyone see the imposture of those who tried to foist themselves as "the bosses," create discursive conditions under which "the religion" can't sneak up on us again.]

In a similar fraternal argument, we would like to urge Debashish Banerji to concede some space for religion, astrology etc. in his social ontology. [TNM]

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