- It claims parantage albeit negatively,
- The author's sovereignty and independence is also loudly announced,
- A hint emits that the content might be unconventional (and spicy); &
- By implication, the Ashram's image is projected as amorphous and permissive.
Monday, August 23, 2010
Disclaimer as discursive event
[Textuality is not simply a second-order ideological expression or a verbal symptom of a pre-given political subject. That the political subject – as indeed the subject of politics– is a discursive event is nowhere more clearly seen than in a text which has been a formative influence on Western democratic and socialist discourse – Mill’s essay ‘On Liberty’. Homi Bhaba Indian Political Thought: A Reader]
Heehs absolves the Ashram of any obligation through a disclaimer in the book. Though an innocuous and normal insertion, the text, as an event, assumes far greater significance in several ways. For instance: