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The Burden of the Past for Muslims in India

By Mosarrap H. Khan
In the Islamic utopic thinking, contrarily, utopic impulse draws sustenance by harkening back to the Golden Age of early Islam in Medina and to the persona of Prophet Muhammad as the embodiment of perfection.

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Infinite Contestation

By Saitya Brata Das
Writing and creating works of art or pursuing truth in philosophy, all these fragile things that they do – fragile because they don’t have forces at their disposal – this fragility is excessive: they overflow, like a surplus, the entire forceful and powerful realm of politics.

Café Dissensus completes second year

By The Editors
Numbers never say much. Yet, they could be quite revealing at times. Here we quote a part of the year-end report that we received from Wordpress, our website host: “The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. Café Dissensus Everyday was viewed about 23,000 times in 2014. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 9 sold-out performances for that many people to see it…The most popular post for the year was An Interview with Actor, Nandita Das.”

Prof. Amartya Sen, Are the Indians Argumentative Enough?

By Mosarrap H. Khan
Prof. Sen’s painstaking excavation of a past argumentative tradition in India does justice to our understanding of Indian democratic culture and shows us the relevance of such a tradition in our own times for finding solutions to sectarian politics. What we further require is an understanding of the psyche of the ‘Emotional Indian’ in the general framework of the ‘Argumentative Indian’.

Vivek Chibber-Partha Chatterjee Debate at the Historical Materialism Conference, 2013

By Mary Ann Chacko
One cannot help but detect the dejection in Chibber when he comes to the podium to respond to Chatterjee and Weinstein. He states that “much of Partha’s response is to the effect that I’ve misrepresented or misread the work.” Chibber says that “he is disappointed but not entirely surprised” by this response and that “the readers [of his book] will have to make up their own mind [about the legitimacy of those claims].…The fact is this – there are three generations of scholars committed to this.