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An Inspirational talks done by Dr. Ajay Gudavarthy, On Oct. 06, 2016

Trilok Singh, It’s always been my immense pleasure to share with you all that, Dr. Ajay Gudavarthy, is a great political scientist/thinker/intellectual tycoon. As you know that, Gudavarthy, wrotes a huge number of Books. i.e., Re – Framing Democracy and Agency in India. Edited- Reframing Democracy and Agency: Interrogating Political Society (Anthem Press, London, 2012), Politics of Post-Civil Society: Contemporary History of Political Movements in India (Sage, Delhi, 2013), Maoism, Democracy and Globalisation: Cross-currents in Indian Politics, Cultural Politics of Modern India etc. Also, Contributes own contemporary texts and knowledge on recent issues to the EPW, News Dailies including, The Hindu, Indian Express, Deccan Herald and IASmind etc…


An Associate Professor at the Centre for Political Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Gudavarthy sets the tone for the book in the introductory essay outlining arguments in favour of, as also critical of Maoist violence, Added, The Hindu…

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Gudavarthy, Philosophy is both “abstract and empirical”. Philosophy talks about “generic universal proposition”. It asking a basic sociological and historical facts which relates the overall reality. It really gives you a moral work. Gudavarthy, much more focus on the relevance of philosophy in contemporary time and shares own idea about guilt which may be indicates the works of Nietzsche’s “On the Genealogy of Morals”.

Philosophy never define what is reason? it can not. More generic that is the beauty of philosophy. “Experience is selective” and it comes through the available category. In other words, “experience is constructed in category and it is selective”. “Dialectics between Philosophy and experience becomes very important”. We needs some “collective”. What type of new collectives need India? we need to break the Hierarchies. Through the own experience, which is selective and provides the practical and moral framework of understanding ideas.

Generally he, Starts with caste system, “Mental physical division that exist in society”. Socialization in childhood is the pure mental construct that is superior fact. For example: Mathematics is a superior facts because it is pure abstract. “Hierarchies exist social interaction of class root”. Further, he talks about “Rule of law” in the context of Constitutional reality.etc.
Despite all of above, There is no hierarchies in knowledge system. One think that philosophy talks about generic universal proposition. It can be interpreted in different reality and a different historical time. Also suggest something about the “Idea Of Reason”. you need reason he believe that philosophers cross the liberal tradition etc…

International Conference (17-18 NOVEMBER, 2016), Organized by Ajay Gudavarthy, Center for Political Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University.

May Watch, DEMOCRACY AND SECULAR SECTARIANISM: Inaugural Comments by Prof. Ajay Gudavarthy and David Pan

Prof. Ajay Gudavarthy, Done the Inaugural Comments about above and also talks about the changing nature of Indian Politics. As a Post-Congress system with cold type of internal alliances between social groups cracking up and that new type of social groups emerging. Perhaps, Secularism as an idea does not merely refer to separation between religion, state and politics. Moreover, as a philosophical proposition secularism also would mean an ability to trust and solidarity with unlikely social groups essentially with strangers and in that scene Ajay Gudavarthy believe that its the opposite of Xenophobia (phobia of the strangers). In Short, In the Indian context secularism has not excluded sectarianism.

The International conference will focus on new forms of sectarianism that have emerged as part of democratic and progressive politics in India, but also including coverage of related experiences in other countries. David Pan (, Telos-Paul Piccone Institute, More focus around principle of monarchy, notion of common good, nature of state (Hobbes), security, morality of etics, freedom, national interest etc.

On The Political Dilemmas of Contemporary India, Neera Chandhoke, Former Professor, DU

Neera Chandhoke, Provides us clear thoughts about the Political Dilemmas of Contemporary India. Chandhoke, more focus on theocracy of west she believe that the concept of secularism in crisis. we have to re-examine the above.

Moreover, Chandhoke generates the huge idea around public sphere. Now seculars comes in a public sphere in a interest of democracy. She believe that western theory never looks in India. Political secularism established in spirit which is deeply politicize. (looking back to 19th century).

Chanhoke, In public sphere, Religion are not in issue while Hinduism concerns. So, How can deal with the social practice? Vedanta as a nationalist projects? Creation of public sphere are still important in Indian Politics. She says that debates on secularism in india comes from minority rights in India. Chandhoke, also talks about Indology too.

During the Tea break, I ask one question to Neera Chandhoke. My question to ma’am: In Contemporary time, Do you believe that Idea of the public is very critical today? what about the emerging notion of radical ideas around the same (Now, radical ideas are emerged). We have larger collectivities, Responsibilities, Duties etc. worlds becomes a very larger place. First, ma’am discuss with David (Do you have answer?) David, haha. Ma’am told me that its a matter of dialogue.

I believe that, as a 3rd sphere of Civil Society Association, it might be political. Category of civil society are not providing the such important reality. In short, civil society are not able to captured the reality. How can they understand the masses?

On Understanding the Analytics of Uniform Civil Code (UCC) and Pasmanda Frame : Afroz

Afroz Alam, Associate Professor, MANUU. He believe that, UCC is just a Colonial Construct, it is a product of human mind etc. Alam, large number of people does not know about the Uniform Civil Code and Muslim Personal law? They have no any kind of definition. Only they are ready to die. etc.

My question To Alam : 1. Please tell us something about the prospect of UCC and when triple talaq becomes a criminal offense ? Will it work in India? What is the major debate around Common Civil Code? Further, The union parliamentary affairs minister, M Vankaiah Naydu, had recently favoured a debate on common civil code what you think about the same? 2. Please Discuss the possible factors that inhibit India from enacting for its citizen a UCC as provided for in the directive principle of state policy? Ans..typing…..

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Best Regard
Trilok Singh.