'Truth spoken without moderation reverses itself'
This blog is a source for intellectual exploration. It includes a list of alternative resources and a source of free books. The placement of an article does not imply that I agree with it, merely that I found it thought-provoking. There are also poems and book reviews. Texts written by me are labelled. Readers are free to re-post anything they like.
Auditorium, Alliance Française de Delhi
72, Lodi Estate, New
Delhi - 110003 (see below for a brief list of audio-visual materials from 1968)
About: If new memories of 1968 have begun to
surface in France and in the world in recent years, then it is certainly due in
part to the historical significance of this event for the younger generations
of rebels and dissenters around the globe. The subversive potential of the
movement lay in the way it created something like a chain reaction across the
entire intellectual, artistic and political domains and opened the door to new
sociological and philosophical interpretations of the 20th century.
One way or another, 50 years later, May 68 is still of a great interest, not
only to those who lived it, but also to many who rightly think that it has
something to offer as we reflect on current social and political developments
in France, Europe, America and South Asia.
Yet, it may be that for many French
citizens who lived the event or the Indians who were influenced by it
from afar, May 68 does not offer an easily agreed-upon narrative. Even if the
riddle of May 68 remains unsolved, utopia is always present and possible. Its
form and shape will be different from what was experienced in May 68 in France,
but politics as the power of imagination can prevail.
To discuss the
relevance of May 68 and its impact on Indian intellectual and artistic world
and related questions join, founder and animator of Agora at Jindal
Global University, Sachin Dhawan, for a lively discussion with Ashish
Nandy (political psychologist, social theorist), Ramin
Jahanbegloo (Director Mahatma Gandhi Centre for Peace at Jindal Global
University), Come Carpentier de Gourdon (Writer- Editor of
The World Affairs), and Dilip Simeon (Author and Historian).