Re: suicide of a first generation dalit research scholar in Hyderabad
Apropos Annie's response, it is important to constantly ground scholarship in reality. But really it is a question of commitment to inclusion which is an integral part of one's politics, whether or not it is fashionable. I hope the commitment to inclusion grows in real terms.
Dr. Manish Kumar
India has been the terminal point for many human journeys/ invasions/ . . . . Starting probably the first movement from origin of the human species in Africa, human groups named for 'convenience' like Dravidians, Aryans, Mongolians . . . . . have rested in this great north Himalayan region. You can say it as "cul de sac" but I feel it is the comfort coming out of the climate,fertile land and adequacy of every other important element which gives the soothing situation which has ultimately made diferent human 'groups' settled here and end their endeavours.
In every other part of the world, different layers of time is erased to be replaced by the new order. In Indian subcontinent, we can still find remains of every layer in adequate quantity and quakity from the beginning! This makes our situation complex. But all these things happened because of the tolerance and values which our forefathers had which gave way to the fresh people and fresh ideas with equal respect to the existing ones. For example in west asia every one who tried to talk anything new was either crucified or he kept fighting all through his life, where as in India every new idea is welcomed, tried and tested and treated accordingly.
In contemporary society, few people are in a hurry to settle the issues. Unmindful of the complexities of our region and country, they try to impose things of their choice. It may sound easy and good, but they are quick fixes, and to me apears as short sighted. I request all to be patient and receptive, India is great and so we all are great. Dr. Manish Kumar