University of kent

10 – 11th June 2019: Empire and the Senses

Human and non-human bodies have always been immersed in a sensory world of sights, sounds, smells, tastes, and sensations. In the long twentieth century, these have been enmeshed with power by enacting hierarchies of the senses themselves (sight being the most superior followed by sound, smell, taste and so on) which in turn were used (i) to perform distinction across race, caste, class and gender hierarchies (black and brown/Dalit/working-class/menstruating women’s bodies have often been described as “dirty”, “smelly”, “noisy”) and (ii) structure technologies (such as audio and video media (gramophone, cinema, radio etcetera)). Read more

Prof Bindu Puri, Department of Philosophy, University of Delhi

The Tagore-Gandhi Debate on Matters of Truth and Untruth by Prof Bindu Puri

My recent book on the Gandhi-Tagore debate, The Tagore-Gandhi Debate on Matters of Truth and Untruth, argues that the debate between Gandhi and Tagore appeared to have been about many issues: Satyagraha, the non-cooperation movement, the boycott of educational institutions, swadeshi, Gandhi’s mantra that “swaraj can be attained by the charkha” (Tagore in Bhattacharya (ed), 2008:109) and the possibilities of self-mortification in Gandhi’s fasts.  Read more

Prof Malashi Lal

Tagore and Gandhi on Women by Prof Malashri Lal

Lord Bruce concludes his discussion piece, agreeing with Jawaharlal Nehru, that Tagore and Gandhi “represented two aspects of the truth, neither of which can be ignored”. Prof Amiya Sen, in a different framework of “religious thought” is of the opinion that Gandhi and Tagore “treated religion to be an integral and eternal part of Indian life and values even as they were only too well aware of the problems inherent.” Read more