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Friday, December 23, 2016

In every reactionary there lies a bit of Don Quixote

Blogged my old critique of Vivekananda that I wrote in 2012 on Rajiv Malhotra's discussion form.

The Conflict between Tradition and Modernity in #India
It is rather the modest, concrete, worldly, intellectual...

It has a big piece by me on the Brahmins of Varanasi #theinterpreters A foretaste of the new book #thetwiceborn

Insightful article by @AatishTaseer Does India’s Right Wing Have Any Ideas?

Unable to defend a fabricated history on scholarly grounds, the Hindu Right turns to another response
AUDREY TRUSCHKE | Wed, 26 Oct 2016
Hindu nationalist ideology rests heavily on a specific vision of Indian history, and that version of history is transparently false.
Hindu nationalists claim that India’s past featured the glorious flourishing of a narrowly defined Hinduism that was savagely interrupted by anybody non-Hindu, especially Muslims. However, the real story of Indian history is much more complicated and interesting.
There is no single accepted narrative of India’s past. But nearly everywhere we look in Indian history, traces emerge of the diversity and syncretism that the Hindu Right wants to wash away. Especially problematic for Hindu nationalists is current scholarship on Indo-Islamic rule, a fertile period for cross-cultural contacts and interreligious exchanges. This vibrant past is rightly a source of pride and inspiration for many Indians, but the Hindu Right sees only an inconvenient challenge to their monolithic narrative of Hindu civilisation under Islamic siege.
Not everything in Indian history is rosy. The Hindu Right is happy to underscore the violence and bloodshed unleashed by many Indo-Islamic rulers, but they erupt with fury to historical work that undermines their imagined golden age of Hindu civilisation. Foremost here is research into social inequalities associated with the caste system and the exclusionary edge to some forms of Sanskrit discourse.
In contrast to the detailed work of academics, the Hindu nationalist vision of India’s past stands on precarious to non-existent historical evidence. As a result, the Hindu Right cannot engage with Indologists on scholarly grounds. 

@AudreyTruschke Best wishes. You might be interested in the just published Hegel's India. Thanks. @LangaMahesh

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@yugaparivartan Yes Nava-Hindutva sounds good. S.R. Goel & Ram Swaroop's critique of the RSS-Sangh shld be an aspect of it I feel.

@dikgaj True. But if we are going to question the Nehru Gandhi narrative of the INC, why avoid re-examining the Tagore narrative?
@manuakula I am quite unpopular with some sections because I do criticize him for parts of his universalism. Done it elsewhere.:)

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[some of Noam Chomsky’s recent views are also problematic in the perspective on fascism I am trying to develop.] ~NM
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[In every reactionary there lies a bit of Don Quixote, pining for the Golden Age—and making a fool of himself.] ~ML

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[unrealistic assumptions such as the belief in a perfectly rational, utility-maximizing, autonomous individual.]

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The world's top 20 #cities are home to 75% of the largest companies. @wef
Cities are mankind’s most enduring and stable mode of social organization, outlasting all empires and nations over which they have presided. Today cities have become the world’s dominant demographic and economic clusters.
As Christopher Chase-Dunn has pointed out, it is not population or territorial size that drives world-city status, but economic weight, proximity to zones of growth, political stability, and attractiveness for foreign capital. In other words, connectivity matters more than size. 

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