Avijit Pathak teaches at JNU
As militant nationalists create an environment of fear and violence, Tagore reminds us of the possibility of exploring India as a civilisation — not merely as a nation.
We have lost what made his ‘discovery’ possible — a spirit of nuanced dialogue, decolonised cosmopolitanism and cultural syncretism.
As people are reduced commodities and consumers, his moral engagement with self and society must be revisited as a protest ideology.
It has become an ideology of the powerful. Democratic societies need a plurality of knowledge systems
Devaluing study of liberal arts and humanities could damage the fabric of civilisation
JNU is still a role model for other universities. Students still fight elections without money or muscle power and there is a culture of debate.
Writer-scholar Rana Safvi says it is imperative for Delhi to hold on to its cosmopolitan culture. Her latest book "The Forgotten Cities of Delhi" emerges at a time when there is a brazen attempt to re-write Indian history with demonisation of the Mughals.