Subscribe for Newsletters and Discounts
Be the first to receive our thoughtfully written
religious articles and product discounts.
Your interests (Optional)
This will help us make recommendations and send discounts and sale information at times.
By registering, you may receive account related information, our email newsletters and product updates, no more than twice a month. Please read our Privacy Policy for details.
.
By subscribing, you will receive our email newsletters and product updates, no more than twice a month. All emails will be sent by Exotic India using the email address info@exoticindia.com.

Please read our Privacy Policy for details.
|6
Your Cart (0)
Share our website with your friends.
Email this page to a friend
Books > History > Talking the Political Culturally and Other Essays
Displaying 120 of 4978         Previous  |  NextSubscribe to our newsletter and discounts
Talking the Political Culturally and Other Essays
Pages from the book
Talking the Political Culturally and Other Essays
Look Inside the Book
Description
About the Author

In his new selection of essays, G P Deshpande explores the intricate ramifications of the politics of culture through a wide range of historical reference, discourses and texts, drawing on Chinese literature, the Buddhist and Bhakti traditions, philophical discourse in modern Marathi, the Natyashastra and the Amara Kosha, the author's recent visit to Pakistan, the progressive cultural movement in India, and the challenges that it faces today from the point of view of a cultural activist.

Govind Purushottam Deshpande (1938), better known as GPD, or Go Pu to his many admirers and friends, is a well known Marxist intellectual, scholar and playwright, and recipient of the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award (1996). He has been Professor and Dean of Chinese Studies at the Scholl of International Studies and Chairman of the Centre for East Asian Studies at the Jawaharlal Nehru Universtiy, New Delhi.

Widely known for his play Uddwasta Dharmashala (A Man in Dark Times), Ek Vazoon Gela Ahe (Past One O'Clock), Andhar Yatra (A Passage to Darkness), Chanakya Vishugupta and Satyashodhak (On the life of Jotirao Phule), he has edited the authoritative anthology of Modern Indian Drama for the Sahitya Akademi (2000), and the Selected writings of Jotirao Phule (2002), He is a regular columnist in the Econimics and Political Weekly.

Preface

It was in the year 2006 that the first collection of my essays, commentaries and texts of several of my lectures and addresses was published by Seagull Books, Kolkata. The pieces in this collection were composed in the years since. The essay on Chinese Literature was composed many years ago. It was carried in the China Report and I forgot about it or nearly so. It is revived here now. It makes a political point as would be readily clear, one hopes.

Indian languages with few exceptions like Tamil or Kannada belong to the medieval period. They are not ancient. This means that they have little Sanskrit or-for that matter-Pali influences. The cultural ethos of our languages is thus medieval, in the main nourished by the Bhakti poetry. Ancient India affords them a repertoire of ideas. But it is not their life force. Indian Aesthetics, therefore, cannot depend exclusively upon ancient tradition. Likewise it cannot be an exclusive Brahmanical tradition. The ideas of the Bhakti tradition as also ideas from far away traditions like Grammar, etymology will have to be thought about.

This has not happened because the orientalist perspective has limited our view to the Sanskrit tradition. I am not suggesting that it has to be rejected. But it is true that the journey of Indian Aesthetics cannot be circumscribed by Rasa Siddhanta and Aristotle or the categories of modernism or postmodernism. The important thing is to first recognize our medievalism and the oeuvre available in the post-Sanskrit/Pali period of our literary history. We have merrily discussed aesthetic ideas without reference to the aesthetic practice in our languages. It has been a movement from one classical to another classical!

These writings reject that position as an 'all theory, no praxis' position. They constitute a statement of an unashamed medievalist. To assert 'Give me my Tukaram, Kalidasa can wait’ (so can many others) is the need of the hour. Otherwise it would be a blind man's walk into the western heaths and the Aranyas (deep forests) of the classical Indian aesthetic theory. It is necessary to look at the debates in the classical grammatical thought and so on. In short the sources so far tapped for the aesthetic thought in our country have not been adequate. This writings originate in that kind of weltanschauung. I can that the concerns stated above emerge in the musings offered here.

Many friends are responsible for making me write and speak. It is obvious that they do not necessarily share my views. Many of them even disapprove some of the positions and remarks. But they have been kind in their insistence that these pieces come out in book form. But it would not be right if I did not mention that Samik Bandyopadhyay has taken interest in putting this book together. I am grateful to him and all other friends who made this collection possible.

CONTENTS

1 Talking the Political Culturally: notes for a cultural activist 1
2 Literary Cultures in History: divided against themselves? 13
3 The Classical and the Colonial: a few tentative reflections 19
4 Of Progress and the Progressive Cultural Movement 24
5 Chinese Literature: An Introductory Essay 40
6 Pakistan Diary 74
7 Philosophical Discourse in Modern Marathi 82
8 Metaphysics and Protest in Modern Indian Discourse on Buddhism 99
9 Text, Author and Aesthetics 106
10 Violence of Culture: Three Cases 117








Talking the Political Culturally and Other Essays

Item Code:
NAN224
Cover:
Paperback
Edition:
2009
ISBN:
9788186017685
Language:
English
Size:
8.5 inch X 5.5 inch
Pages:
140
Other Details:
Weight of the Book: 160 gms
Price:
$15.00
Discounted:
$11.25   Shipping Free
You Save:
$3.75 (25%)
Look Inside the Book
Add to Wishlist
Send as e-card
Send as free online greeting card
Talking the Political Culturally and Other Essays

Verify the characters on the left

From:
Edit     
You will be informed as and when your card is viewed. Please note that your card will be active in the system for 30 days.

Viewed 544 times since 11th Aug, 2017
About the Author

In his new selection of essays, G P Deshpande explores the intricate ramifications of the politics of culture through a wide range of historical reference, discourses and texts, drawing on Chinese literature, the Buddhist and Bhakti traditions, philophical discourse in modern Marathi, the Natyashastra and the Amara Kosha, the author's recent visit to Pakistan, the progressive cultural movement in India, and the challenges that it faces today from the point of view of a cultural activist.

Govind Purushottam Deshpande (1938), better known as GPD, or Go Pu to his many admirers and friends, is a well known Marxist intellectual, scholar and playwright, and recipient of the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award (1996). He has been Professor and Dean of Chinese Studies at the Scholl of International Studies and Chairman of the Centre for East Asian Studies at the Jawaharlal Nehru Universtiy, New Delhi.

Widely known for his play Uddwasta Dharmashala (A Man in Dark Times), Ek Vazoon Gela Ahe (Past One O'Clock), Andhar Yatra (A Passage to Darkness), Chanakya Vishugupta and Satyashodhak (On the life of Jotirao Phule), he has edited the authoritative anthology of Modern Indian Drama for the Sahitya Akademi (2000), and the Selected writings of Jotirao Phule (2002), He is a regular columnist in the Econimics and Political Weekly.

Preface

It was in the year 2006 that the first collection of my essays, commentaries and texts of several of my lectures and addresses was published by Seagull Books, Kolkata. The pieces in this collection were composed in the years since. The essay on Chinese Literature was composed many years ago. It was carried in the China Report and I forgot about it or nearly so. It is revived here now. It makes a political point as would be readily clear, one hopes.

Indian languages with few exceptions like Tamil or Kannada belong to the medieval period. They are not ancient. This means that they have little Sanskrit or-for that matter-Pali influences. The cultural ethos of our languages is thus medieval, in the main nourished by the Bhakti poetry. Ancient India affords them a repertoire of ideas. But it is not their life force. Indian Aesthetics, therefore, cannot depend exclusively upon ancient tradition. Likewise it cannot be an exclusive Brahmanical tradition. The ideas of the Bhakti tradition as also ideas from far away traditions like Grammar, etymology will have to be thought about.

This has not happened because the orientalist perspective has limited our view to the Sanskrit tradition. I am not suggesting that it has to be rejected. But it is true that the journey of Indian Aesthetics cannot be circumscribed by Rasa Siddhanta and Aristotle or the categories of modernism or postmodernism. The important thing is to first recognize our medievalism and the oeuvre available in the post-Sanskrit/Pali period of our literary history. We have merrily discussed aesthetic ideas without reference to the aesthetic practice in our languages. It has been a movement from one classical to another classical!

These writings reject that position as an 'all theory, no praxis' position. They constitute a statement of an unashamed medievalist. To assert 'Give me my Tukaram, Kalidasa can wait’ (so can many others) is the need of the hour. Otherwise it would be a blind man's walk into the western heaths and the Aranyas (deep forests) of the classical Indian aesthetic theory. It is necessary to look at the debates in the classical grammatical thought and so on. In short the sources so far tapped for the aesthetic thought in our country have not been adequate. This writings originate in that kind of weltanschauung. I can that the concerns stated above emerge in the musings offered here.

Many friends are responsible for making me write and speak. It is obvious that they do not necessarily share my views. Many of them even disapprove some of the positions and remarks. But they have been kind in their insistence that these pieces come out in book form. But it would not be right if I did not mention that Samik Bandyopadhyay has taken interest in putting this book together. I am grateful to him and all other friends who made this collection possible.

CONTENTS

1 Talking the Political Culturally: notes for a cultural activist 1
2 Literary Cultures in History: divided against themselves? 13
3 The Classical and the Colonial: a few tentative reflections 19
4 Of Progress and the Progressive Cultural Movement 24
5 Chinese Literature: An Introductory Essay 40
6 Pakistan Diary 74
7 Philosophical Discourse in Modern Marathi 82
8 Metaphysics and Protest in Modern Indian Discourse on Buddhism 99
9 Text, Author and Aesthetics 106
10 Violence of Culture: Three Cases 117








Post a Comment
 
Post Review
Post a Query
For privacy concerns, please view our Privacy Policy

Based on your browsing history

Loading... Please wait

Related Items

The Nadars of Tamilnad (The Political Cultural of a Community in Change)
Item Code: NAN015
$35.00$26.25
You save: $8.75 (25%)
Add to Cart
Buy Now
Imperial Simla (The Political Culture of The Raj)
by Pamela Kanwar
Paperback (Edition: 2003)
Oxford University Press
Item Code: NAL602
$35.00$26.25
You save: $8.75 (25%)
Add to Cart
Buy Now
The Writings of Pamela Price (State, Politics, and Cultures in Modern South India)
by Pamela Price
Hardcover (Edition: 2013)
Orient Blackswan Pvt. Ltd
Item Code: NAF817
$40.00$30.00
You save: $10.00 (25%)
Add to Cart
Buy Now
The Politics of Cultural Mobilization in India
Item Code: IDF876
$39.50$29.62
You save: $9.88 (25%)
Add to Cart
Buy Now
Politics of Culture (A Study of Three Kirata Communities in the Eastern Himalayas)
by T B Subba
Paperback (Edition: 2001)
Orient Longman Pvt. Ltd.
Item Code: NAF826
$20.00$15.00
You save: $5.00 (25%)
Add to Cart
Buy Now
Confucius (Ethics, Culture and Politics)
by Dr. Meeta Nath
Hardcover (Edition: 2011)
Vidyanidhi Prakashan, Delhi
Item Code: NAB944
$30.00$22.50
You save: $7.50 (25%)
Add to Cart
Buy Now
Africa’s Islamic Experienc (History, Culture and Politics)
by Various Authors
Hardcover (Edition: 2009)
Sterling Publishers Pvt. Ltd.
Item Code: NAF666
$55.00$41.25
You save: $13.75 (25%)
Add to Cart
Buy Now
Translating Desire (The Politics of Gender and Culture in India)
by Brinda Bose
Hardcover (Edition: 2002)
Katha
Item Code: NAI384
$35.00$26.25
You save: $8.75 (25%)
Add to Cart
Buy Now
Kurukshetra - Political and Cultural History (An Old Book)
by Bal Krishna Muztar
Hardcover (Edition: 1978)
B.R. Publishing Corporation
Item Code: NAL265
$30.00$22.50
You save: $7.50 (25%)
Add to Cart
Buy Now
The Other Indians (A Political and Cultural History of South Asians in America)
by Vinay Lal
Hardcover (Edition: 2008)
Harper Collins Publishers
Item Code: IHL400
$27.50$20.62
You save: $6.88 (25%)
Add to Cart
Buy Now
Cultural Values in Ancient Indian Economic and Political Thoughts
Item Code: IDG462
$7.50$5.62
You save: $1.88 (25%)
Add to Cart
Buy Now
Sikhs At Large (Religion Culture and Politics In Global Perspective)
by Verne A. Dusenbery
Hardcover (Edition: 2008)
Oxford
Item Code: IDK568
$40.00$30.00
You save: $10.00 (25%)
Add to Cart
Buy Now
Nationalism, Religion and Beyond: Writings on Politics, Society and Culture
Item Code: IDH488
$42.50$31.88
You save: $10.62 (25%)
Add to Cart
Buy Now
Power in Print: Popular Publishing and the Politics of Language and Culture 
in a Colonial Society
by Anindita Ghosh
Hardcover (Edition: 2006)
Oxford University Press
Item Code: IDG903
$45.00$33.75
You save: $11.25 (25%)
Add to Cart
Buy Now
Living Together Separately: Cultural India in History and Politics
Item Code: IDE661
$55.00$41.25
You save: $13.75 (25%)
Add to Cart
Buy Now

Testimonials

I love your site and although today is my first order, I have been seeing your site for the past several years. Thank you for providing such great art and books to people around the World who can't make it to India as often as we would like.
Rupesh
Heramba Ganapati arrived safely today and was shipped promptly. Another fantastic find from Exotic India with perfect customer service. Thank you. Jai Ganesha Deva
Marc, UK
I ordered Padmapani Statue. I have received my statue. The delivering process was very fast and the statue looks so beautiful. Thank you exoticindia, Mr. Vipin (customer care). I am very satisfied.
Hartono, Indonesia
Very easy to buy, great site! Thanks
Ilda, Brazil
Our Nandi sculpture arrived today and it surpasses all expectations - it is wonderful. We are not only pleasantly surprised by the speed of international delivery but also are extremely grateful for the care of your packaging. Our sculpture needed to travel to an off-lying island of New Zealand but it arrived safely because of how well it had been packaged. Based upon my experience of all aspects of your service, I have no hesitation in recommending Exotic India.
BWM, NZ
Best web site to shop on line.
Suman, USA
Thank you for having such a great website. I have given your site to all the people I get compliments on your merchandise.
Pat, Canada.
Love the website and the breadth of selection. Thanks for assembling such a great collection of art and sculpture.
Richard, USA
Another three books arrived during the last weeks, all of them diligently packed. Excellent reading for the the quieter days at the end of the year. Greetings to Vipin K. and his team.
Walter
Your products are uncommon yet have advanced my knowledge and devotion to Sanatana Dharma. Also, they are reasonably priced and ship quickly. Thank you for all you do.
Gregory, USA
TRUSTe
Language:
Currency:
All rights reserved. Copyright 2017 © Exotic India