Saving Democracy from Itself

Francis Fukuyama proclaimed that with the rise of democracy we have reached the end of history. He boldly said that political evolution had reached its zenith with the coming of Democracy and there is nothing more to come. Jacques Derrida contested Fukuyama and argued that there is more democracy to come. Staying within this thought, we see that the...

Thinking Indian (II)

All social contract theories are intertwined with what we call the state of nature. Despite introducing evolution into his notion of the state of nature, Jean Jacque Russeau still singularizes homogenizes and renders good the state of nature. We seem to be all children of Russeau and submit to his notion of the state of nature in several ways....

Thinking India

How do we Indians think? Are we thinking through avidya or ignorance? Are we thinking with the grain of our reality? Are we thinking against it? Are we entangled in the worlds of maya? It appears so. Nothing seems to perturb us. Plato thought thinking was anamnesis /unforgetting. Thinking to Plato was remembering our life in the perfect world....

The Denial of Birth Right

The politics of hate has consumed our society. The fire of hate campaigns refuses to extinguish. We seem to have set the Hobbesian state of nature in our society. Maybe if we ask what we are doing to the third party in this strive has the key to awaken us. The Hindu/Muslim politics unleashed by the ruling benches is...

Apocalyptic and the Ecstatic

Is it the end game for the minorities in India? Is it the end time for them? Are any opportunities lurking in otherwise what appears as an atmosphere of darkness and doom? I do not what to sound cynical. But the way majoritarianism has taken hold over us, it seems that even Bollywood is melting away right in front...

Upper Caste Vaccine

With what appears as the deliberate use of ED against the leaders of the opposition, many critics feared that India was turning into a police state. What happened to Bilkis Bano seems to have taken us closer to what may be described as a banana republic for lack of words that can accurately describe, the condition of our country....

The New Culture Industry (III)

To dive deep into the new culture industry that seems to afflict us today we have to pay heed to the analysis of the culture industry done by Theodore Adorno. Adorno follows Karl Marx when he says people are massified by the culture Industry. He like Marx believes that people are reduced to the cog-in-the-wheel of the social machine...

The New Culture Industry (II)

How are we to respond to the new culture industry that has taken control of our society? We may have several responses to this market fundamentalism that has penetrated our religion, democracy and politics. Here I wish to seek someway by exploring the world of music. Music is a universal language and its aesthetics draws us to it across...

New Culture Industry (I)

Religion is massifying us and it appears to have become a new culture industry in our country. With the politicization of religion and the advent of social media, we have entered a seamless homogenisation of our life. Our culture and religion now impress the same stamp on everything. The term culture industry was introduced by Theodore Adorno and Max...

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