Monday, February 06, 2012

Sam the carpenter

Like salvation in ancient times, free speech is now an exalted goal in itself

[Caste arithmetic takes centre stage again Medieval battle for Uttar Pradesh»  News» February 6, 2012 Such is the weight of identity here in India's heartland that Rahul Gandhi brought into the UP battleground even Sam Pitroda -- the Chicago native and technocrat -- who says he is proud to be born in a carpenter's family.]

Rooting for rootedness and genealogy in scientific anthropology but denouncing the same within cultural anthropology is a strange paradox. Recognising the hard demographic reality instead of worshipping exalted and imagined goals is what the political parties are perhaps rightly pursuing. [TNM55]

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