Category Archives: Alternative Modernities

Postcolonial Hybridity and the ‘Terrors of Technology’ Argument Posted by Asha Achuthan

Vandana Shiva Postcolonial Hybridity and the ‘Terrors of Technology’ Argument Posted by Asha Achuthan Asha Achuthan has been building towards an understanding of how the anti-technology arguments in India have been posed, in the nationalist and Marxist positions. She goes on, in this sixth post documenting her project, to look at the arguments put out by the postcolonial school, their appropriation of Marxist terminology, their stances against Marxism in responding to science and technology in general, and the implications of these arguments for other fields of inquiry. Everywhere we remain unfree and chained to technology, whether we passionately affirm or…

From the Ruins of Empire (aurobindo, anticolonialist narratives, islamic nationalism, hinduvta, in context)

Return of the native From The Hindu by Tabish Khair Pankaj Mishra’s new book, From the Ruins of Empire, which challenges Western narratives of the ‘white man’s burden’, has been raising hackles in the West and in India. Such reactions are pointers to an existing imbalance in cultural and political power, he tells Tabish Khair. Excerpts from a conversation. Pankaj Mishra is not a stranger to controversy, but his new book, From the Ruins of Empire, has been met with a barrage of criticism, implicit and explicit, from not just right-wing circles in the West but also from some British authors…