21 September, 2020

‘Why Can’t A Civil Society Activist Become A Minister?’

The world-ren­owned scholar was in Mumbai to deliver the 16th Vasant J. Sheth Memorial Lect­ure

Amit Haralkar
‘Why Can’t A Civil Society Activist Become A Minister?’
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Homi K. Bhabha, Anne F. Rothenberg Professor of the Humanities at Harvard University and director, Mahindra Hum­anities Centre, was in Mumbai to deliver the 16th Vasant J. Sheth Memorial Lect­ure. Amidst a packed schedule of lectures and panel discussions, he took an evening out at his Cuffe Parade residence to talk to Prachi Pinglay-Plumber. A world-ren­owned scholar with works such as Nation and Narration and The Location of Cul­ture, Bhabha favours an integrated vision of humanities and the sciences. Excerpts:

Is India as a country turning more intolerant, conservative, right-wing?

There is a rightward, conservative tend­ency in many countries. In Europe, cou­ntries in economic peril throw up extreme right-wing parties that pin their economic woes on migration rather than poor national governance and irresponsible fiscal management. In India, there is a potent blend of conservative politics garbed in religious discourse that is more ...

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