Secularism, Communalism and the Intellectuals

Secularism, Communalism and the Intellectuals

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Author: Zaheer Baber
Publisher: Three Essays
Year: 2006
Language: English
Pages: 99
ISBN/UPC (if available): 818878947X


These essays focus on the role of fashionable critiques and smug dismissals of secularism and modernity, and the unqualified defense of so-called indigenous traditions in providing intellectual support for the discourse of Hindutva.


Zaheer Baber’s stern indictment of antisecular intellectuals should promote a revival of genuine Indian Sociology rather than their unimaginative Indology. Baber takes T N Madan, Ashis Nandy and Veena Das to task, he offers us a theory of communalism, and he advises us to consider a comparative race famework for the oppressions meted out to the socially suppressed within India: all this in a very short, readable and insightful book.
-Vijay Prashad



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