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What would Ashish Nandy say after former chief minister of West Bengal, Buddhadev Bhattacharya`s comment on Mamata`s honesty? It seems that Buddha`s comment of Mamata is being used as an escape route for the hegemony which is entrapped by the controversial statement. We demand OBC headcount in accordance with parliamentary consensus to help Nandy to prove his statement demography wise. Because Bengali ruling class contradicts Nandy`s statement on empowerment of OBC, ST and SC communities, we also demand to set up a commission like Sachhar commission to investigate the development and empowerment community wise in Bengal as Sacchar commission did expose the condition of Muslims in the country specifically in Bengal.

What would Ashish Nandy say after former chief minister of West Bengal, Buddhadev Bhattacharya`s comment on Mamata`s honesty? It seems that Buddha`s comment of Mamata is being used as an escape route for the hegemony which is entrapped by the controversial statement. We demand OBC headcount in accordance with parliamentary consensus to help Nandy to prove his statement demography wise. Because Bengali ruling class contradicts Nandy`s statement on empowerment of OBC, ST and SC communities, we also demand to set up a commission like Sachhar commission to investigate the development and empowerment community wise in Bengal as Sacchar commission did expose the condition of Muslims in the country specifically in Bengal.
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What would Ashish Nandy say after former chief minister of West Bengal, Buddhadev Bhattacharya`s comment on Mamata`s honesty? It seems that Buddha`s comment of Mamata is being used as an escape route for the hegemony which is entrapped by the controversial statement.Ashis Nandy blames STs, SCs, OBCs for corruption in Jaipur lit festival.Asserting that he has worked for Dalits, OBCs and adivasis for 45 years of his life, Nandy had earlier  said that he was ready to go to jail if tried under the Atrocities Act and convicted.At the literary festival on January 26, Ashis Nandy had said: "Most corrupt people come from the Other Backward Classes, Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes."

"It is a fact that most of the corrupt come from OBCs and Scheduled Castes and now increasingly the Scheduled Tribes," he said participating in a session at the ongoing Jaipur Literature Festival.

Going further, he said, "I will give an example. One of the states with the least amount of corruption is state of West Bengal when the CPI(M) was there. And I must draw attention to the fact that in the last 100 years, nobody from OBC, SC and ST has come anywhere near to power. It is an absolutely clean state."

Bengali as well as national intelligentsia is rock solid united to defend Nandy`s Jaipur festival comment on corruption and they  engage themselves to write up articles to highlight academic complexity of the world famous sociologist. Even social media is also defending unilateral freedom of speech  enjoyed most violently by Ashish Nandy. The same
intelligentsia chose to remain silent on AFSPA and violation of human right , civil rights and the declaration of war against aborigin indigenous communities countrywide. Ahsish is defended  in every possible way but nobody seems to be interested in the issues addressed by Nandy! At the same time, Bengali intellectuals do claim that OBC, ST and Sc communities are empowered far better in Bengal than rest of the country.

Progressive Bengal always boasted that Bengal remains above caste system. we have been writing and speaking against hegemony rule without any hearing.

Thanks to Ashish Nandy, the existence of monopolistic hegemony in Bengal has been proved. It has created an unprecedented crisis for the ruling class who believed to dilute revolt in selective co option.

Personality like Ram Chandra Guha writes an article in Bengali rejecting Hindutva and the rise of Narendra Modi as well as Rahul Gandhi. He delcares that the future of India is vested into secularism, not in either Modi or Rahul. The logic is very simple, denying the reality of hindutva politics, he is also denying the existence of caste hegemony which contradicts Nandy`s statement.

Anand bazar published this article in its edit page.

Earlier the most circulated Bengali Daily also published an article written by Kancha Illaiya which criticises Nandy for branding OBC, SC and ST communities, the victims responsible for corruption.

Ei Samay, another prominent Bengali daily published a letter to editor written by some Dasgupta. Dasgupta blamed media for misinterpretation of Nandy`s statement.He also criticised the extreme comment but noted that it is his style to highlight social issues creating sensation.

Mind you , media in Bengal almost blacked out Nandy episode earlier and just waited for dying out the issue as usual.

Dasgupta claimed that Paribartan seems to be beginning of empowerment of low caste communities. At the same time, he cited decentralisation of power in Panchayat on grass root level.

What about higher places and posts in every sphere of life, Bengali intelligentsia remains silent.

Anandbazar continued the high class defensive deviation as it published academy winner novelist Debesh Roy`s article today.Debesh Roy beside his excellent writing is also better known as the writer of BARISHALER Jogendra Nath, the tragedy of Jogendra Nath Mandal who was instrumental to elect Dr BR Ambedkar to the constitution assembly from Bengal after he was defeated in Maharashtra.

Understandably he is the best person to defend Nandy. The situation is ripe for an outburst of  Bahujan Samaj movement  Explosion in Bengal suspended from the date of partition which was enacted by the Bengali hegemony to eject out the SC population as refugees out of Bengal.The change of strategy seems to be an urgency on the part of the hegemony to defuse the debate. Mind you, all Bengali channels do engage themselves in round the clock debates but no channel did care to debate on Nandy`s statement.


It seems that Buddha`s comment of Mamata is being used as an escaope route for the hegemony which is entrapped by the controversial statement.

We demand OBC headcount in accordance with parliamentary consensus to help Nandy to prove his statement demogrphy wise. Because Bengali ruling class contradicts Nandy`s statement on empowerment of OBC, ST and SC communities, we also demand to set up a commission like Sachhar commission to investigate the development and empowerment community wise in Bengal as Sacchar commission did expose the condition of Muslims in the country specifically in Bengal.

In some relief to sociologist Ashis Nandy, the Supreme Court  issued a stay on his arrest over alleged anti-dalit remarks. The court criticized him for his statements but protected him for arrest by any state government.

When Nandy's counsel said he had no intention of hurting the backward class, the court asked why then was he making such statements when he did not intend it.

Former West Bengal chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee has questioned his successor Mamata Banerjee's honesty, prompting an angry response today from Trinamool Congress which decided to slap a legal notice on the CPI(M) veteran.

"I don't agree with the perception that she is honest," Bhattacharjee told a Bengali news channel last night when asked whether he agreed with the popular perception that Banerjee was honest.

Asked to elaborate, he asked the news channel to make its own investigation. The ruling Trinamool Congress also demanded an apology from the former chief minister.
The party's all India General Secretary Mukul Ray told PTI, " We have decided to serve a legal notice on Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee."

Trinamool leader and Municipal Affairs minister Firhad Hakim said, "Her(Mamata) honesty is beyond question all over India and people of West Bengal largely rely on her honesty and gave her the responsibility to serve the people.

"Such a statement is totally uncalled for at a time when the state is undergoing a spate of development projects under Mamata Banerjee's leadership," he said. "What he has said is unfair. The people of the state and his constituency (Jadavpore) have rejected Bhattacharjee. We demand that he express regret and apologise for the statement which involves a person (Mamata Banerjee) who has made selfless sacrifice for the service of the people throughout her life," Hakim told reporters at the party headquarters here.

He said, "The communists are used to making such statements amounting to personal slander only to regret later. "It is Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee who once resigned from the Jyoti Basu cabinet as minister dubbing the government as one of thieves, but rejoined it later. This is the culture of the communists," the Trinamool leader said.

Referring to Bhattacharjee giving the present regime zero in performance, he said "One who himself is zero, how can he give zero to others?"

The Supreme Court told Ashis Nandy to be careful in future and not make such statements, the meaning of which he did not intend to convey.Nandy's statement at the Jaipur literature festival was not in good taste and that it had hurt many people across the country, the court added.

An advocate claiming to be member of Dalit community sought to oppose Nandy's petition seeking protection from arrest but the Supreme Court said his objection could only be considered once he files an application.

The court has sent notices to the governments of Rajasthan, Maharashtra and Bihar.

Nandy had earlier moved a petition seeking protection from arrest for an alleged anti-Dalit remark he made at the Jaipur Literary Festival (JLF).

Nandy had requested the apex court to quash all the FIRs registered against him.

"We are moving the Supreme Court for quashing of the FIR as well as laying down the guidelines in terms of something which constitutes an offence against SC/ST Act and something which is said in 'freedom of speech'," Nandy's lawyer Gaurav Kanth told the media yesterday.

"My main plea is because there is no intent when he had spoken these statements and as far as the SC/ST Act is concerned, there is no question of any harm or anything which has been caused to any particular member of SC/ST caste or community. So, we are moving in terms of the fact that nothing really constitutes any criminal or penal action," he said.

To a poser on why the police had not yet questioned Nandy in connection with this case, Kanth said that Nandy was all ready for cooperation in this regard.

Nandy was immediately challenged by one of the panelists Ashutosh, a TV journalist.

"This is the most bizarre statement I have heard. The Brahmins and the upper cast can do away with all the corruption but when a low caste person emulates the same thing it becomes so wrong. Such a statement is not right," he said.

Nandy's comments triggered a storm with BSP chief Mayawati and LJP leader Ram Vilas demanding registration of case under SC/ST Act against Nandy. Mayawati wanted him to be jailed immediately. Congress, BJP, JD(U), CPI as also the SC Commission Chairman P L Punia also condemned the remarks.

While seeking to clarify, Nandy made a flip flop saying he would apologise if he had been misunderstood.

However, when questioned further, he said "I don't apologise at all because I hold it very close to my heart. I was, in fact, supporting the cause of those who are marginalised and those who are in minority and those who are oppressed. I have spent all my life supporting their causes and will continue doing it."

He said he actually meant that if people from OBC, SC and ST indulge in corruption, it is "corruption indeed" while those from upper caste can go scotfree.

"This is not what I meant or what I wanted to say. This was what I actually said: I endorsed the statement of Tehelka editor Tarun Tejpal that corruption in India is an equaliser in our society. I do believe that zero corruption society in India, as I gave the example of Singapore, will be a despotic society," Nandy said in his clarification statement.

He maintained that he has spoken in favour of the down-trodden in the session on Republic of Ideas at the Jaipur Literature Festival.

"I said in the talk that people like me want to be corrupt, we can possibly send son to Harvard. It will look like we are supporting talent. It won’t look corruption. But when Dalits, tribals and OBC are corrupt, it looks very corrupt indeed. However this second corruption equlalises," he said, adding "It gives them access to entitlements. And as long as this equation persists, I have hope for the republic (of India)."

He said he was sorry "if some have misunderstood (his comments). I am sorry if anyone is genuinely hurt because of misunderstanding."

However, he didn't apologise for his statement, saying he has supported the communities all his life. "I dont apologise at all because I was actually supporting the cause of minorities and oppressed people. I have supported them all my life."

As should be clear from my statement, there was neither any intention nor any attempt to hurt any community, he said.

Reacting sharply to the comments, Mayawati told reporters in Delhi that Rajasthan government should immediately send the author to jail for the comments by registering case under the SC/ST Act and other stringent sections of law.

Terming the remarks as "farthest from truth, condemnable, unfortunate and reflective of a casteist mindset", she demanded immediate apology from him with warning that "otherwise, people could even be compelled to come out on the roads in protest against these remarks."

Chairman of National Commission for Scheduled Caste P L Punia (NCSC) came down heavily on Nandy and said "he (Nandy) is a sociologist and intellectual but there cannot be any statement with bigger intellectual dishonesty than this."

Demanding that people with such mindset should be sent to jail, Punia said "it is wrong to say that such corrupt people are born in these castes only. People making such statements should be sent to jail."

Congress leader Rashid Alvi said it is wrong to portray any particular caste or community as corrupt.

"I condemn this statement. I do not know who has said this but it is not possible to say that a particular caste or a particular community is corrupt community. Nobody can approve it," he said.

Lok Janshakti Party chief Ramvilas Paswan threatened an agitation if action is not taken against Nandy.

"A case should be registered against Nandy under the SC/ST Atrocities Act. This reflects the anti-dalit mindset of these people. If action is not taken against him, then our party will resort to agitation (andolan) in Jaipur," he said.

JD(U) spokesperson Shivanand Tiwari demanded an apology from Nandy for his statement.

"We condemn it. Ashis Nandy is considered to be an intellectual. He should apologise. We strongly condemn it," he said.

"The fault of SC/ST/OBC is that they are following the same path which was shown to them and that was the path of corruption which even the upper caste earlier followed," the JD(U) leader said.

The last word on Ashis Nandy's 'lazy' predilections
by FP Editors Feb 6, 2013

Finally, some sense in the debate over sociologist Ashis Nandy, who set the dovecotes aflutter last month by claiming at the Jaipur Literary Festival (JLF) that "most of the corrupt come from the OBCs and the scheduled castes and now, increasingly, scheduled tribes, and as long as this is the case, the Indian republic will survive." (Read the full text here).
As the media played it, the issue was about Nandy's right to free speech, and even his negative remarks on the OBCs and SC/STs were sought to be seen in the larger context of his supposed sympathy for the downtrodden.
But the reality is there are two separate issues here, as Ravinder Kaur, who teaches at IIT, Delhi, points out in The Indian Express.
Nandy has multiple cases against him for his statement. PTI
The issue of free speech is separate from the validity of Nandy's "lazy" assumption that it is somehow progressive to talk about corruption in terms of group identities. At JLF, Nandy's views found echoes in Tarun "Tehelka" Tejpal's views on corruption.
Nandy's underlying assumptions are these: that the "lower castes" are empowering themselves by using corruption as a means to get around a discriminatory system; and that they are more visibly corrupt because they are not sophisticated enough to hide their crimes as well as their upper caste compatriots.
This writer has pointed out the flaws in the second argument by showing that corruption, or the ability to hide it, has little to do with caste. When it comes to corruption, there is no backward or forward caste.
Ravinder Kaur takes the argument further and suggests that the debate may really be about class rather than caste. She also takes Nandy and Tejpal to task for condescension towards the less fortunate.
She writes: "This debate, I suggest, is not about caste. It is about class, elitist class. Lower-caste corruption does not have 'class' on its side, Nandy seems to be saying. Lower-caste corruption is justified 'class war', Tejpal seems to be saying. There is a condescending attitude towards the lower castes in these posturing…… Why do Nandy and Tejpal need to bend over backwards to appear pro-lower caste or defend the corruption of those newly coming into power and pelf? Why do we need to tie corruption to primordial categories of caste, just as we tie violence to religion — Hindu or Muslim?"
As urbanisation, development and progress take root in India, the old caste-religion-ethnic identities are metamorphosing and changing all the time.
The Left missed out on its understanding of caste when it emphasised class in the early years of freedom, says Kaur. Now we are in danger of missing out the impact of class.
Quite. Corruption is corruption. There is no need to justify it on the basis of caste or class.

Caste and corruption: Ashis Nandy has the right to be wrong
by Venky Vembu Feb 1, 2013

If ever we needed a reminder that our blessed republic is decidedly on the slippery slope towards becoming prickly in the extreme and excessively intolerant of alternative – and uncomfortable – points of view, we've received that in spades in recent days. Kamal Hassan's slick spy thriller Vishwaroopam has been held hostage by a ragtag bunch of Muslim busybodies who have made a political career out of feeding minority victimhood – even though, as review after review has validated, there is nothing even remotely offensive about the film's storyline. And pathetically weak-kneed State governments, who ought to have stepped up to defend the Constitutional right to freedom of expression (including artistic expression), have surrendered too readily to the politics of minority blackmail – and prevented screenings of the film in many southern States.

But perhaps the cruellest ironies came on Republic Day, at the Jaipur Literature Festival, where sociologist and clinical psychologist Ashis Nandy found himself facing likely arrest for his throwaway remark during a panel discussion in which he suggested that the ranks of the corrupt in India were made up entirely of those from the Other Backward Classes, the Scheduled Castes and the Schedule Tribes.

Ashis Nandy is wrong – but he has a right to be. PTI
Nandy's remarks provoked outrage in real time at the Festival, where one of the other panellists on the discussion and a section of the audience spiritedly pushed back against Nandy's pop-sociological observations. More seriously, however, Dalit leaders – including the monumentally corrupt Mayawati and Ram Vilas Paswan – have demanded Nandy's arrest, and an FIR has been filed  against him for alleged violation of the Schedule Castes and Schedule Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act.

A rattled Nandy subsequently clarified that he had been "misquoted", and that what he really meant to say was that the corruption of "Dalits, tribals (sic.) and the OBCs" was far more visible than those of the power elite, who tended to get away drawing much attention to equally egregious instances of corruption.

"I…  said that if people like me or (fellow panellist) Richard Sorabjee want to be corrupt, I shall possibly send his son to Harvard giving him a fellowship and he can send my daughter to Oxford. No one will think it to be corruption. Indeed, it will look like supporting talent. But when Dalits, tribals and the OBCs are corrupt, it looks very corrupt indeed."

But even Nandy's clarification was full of pop-sociological mumbo-jumbo that actually offers an alibi for corruption – so long as it was perpetrated by the socially and economically underprivileged.

"This second corruption," Nandy said in his clarification, alluding to corruption by the OBCs, SCs and STs, is something of an economic "equaliser." "It gives them access to their entitlements." And, he added, "as long as this equation persists, I have hope for the Republic."

As an exploration in pseudo-intellectual nonsense, Nandy's initial comments – and even his clarification, which amounts to an unvarnished defence of corruption as a force for good – are hard to top at several levels.

Yet, Nandy has a right to be wrong, and hounding him and slapping charges against him for alleged violation of the Schedule Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act amounts to rank misuse of the Act. India, of course, has a patchy record of defending free-speech absolutism, and increasingly even journalists have bizarrely taken to demanding limits on free speech provisions (as this report shows). Yet, it's worth reiterating every time that the only appropriate response to an idea – even if it's as horribly skewed as Nandy's original proposition and his equally bizarre clarification – is to challenge it intellectually and disprove it.    

Yet, it's easy to see how Nandy landed himself in this colossal mess. Much of his early academic writing was given over to making sense of India through the prism of two of its abiding passions: cricket and Bollywood. And in the straitjacketed world of academia, Nandy has always been something of an eccentric. For these reasons, his work was initially seen to be lacking in the gravitas that the left-liberal academic community cloaked itself in, and therefore he was denied full membership into their elite world – until overseas recognition gave him the badge of honour. Nandy burnished those credentials even further with his excessively shrill denunciation of the Indian right-wing movement, and in particular of Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi in the context of the 2002 riots.

Well, so long as you are only abusing the right-wing in India, you can get away with pretty much anything. It's true of course that the Gujarat government too filed a case against him on the grounds that he was inciting hatred among communities, but nothing ever came of it. If anything, it only served to endear him even further to the liberal academic community.

But with his most recent pronouncements, targeting Dalits, Scheduled Tribes and Other Backward Classes for his pop-sociological ruminations on corruption, Nandy has squandered all that hard-earned political and academic goodwill.

Perhaps Nandy should stick to Modi-bashing. It's a comfortable cocoon for an academician. And a good career move, too.

Kancha Ilaiah 
Academic & Dalit historian
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In defence of Ashis Nandy and the power of ideas

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  • Ashis nandy is an old man . He does not know what he is talking.. He may be thinking something good for the obc/sc/st and telling some thing else which is a nonsense. And would have put him behind bars. Being too old we must forgive him and his past did not endose what he said now. Asked by: Prathap
  • His age did not diminish his intellectual rigor. Yes legal action is no solution . His statement must be debated based on history of centuries. The Dalit-Bahujan intellectuals are ready for such a debate. We certainly do not believe in curtailing the freedom of speech.
  • In fact, if i understood correct NANDY meant, most of the times the victims are from SC/ST and OBC's, and even if you have a corrupt among these, they are able to come out of the situation. Rest all what is happening is politics. Asked by: S ESHWAR
  • That is right. But he was not very clear.
  • It is a nice change of attitude from the usual myopic view that every wrong in the country is due to the upper caste person and every victim is from a lower caste. I think there should be room for expressing views what ever they may be and the society at large should have the maturity to debate the view in a peaceful manner. What do you say? Asked by: Karthik
  • There should be a room, but not to destroy the moral confidence of people who have exploited and oppressed by the upper caste for more than three thousand years. The upper caste people particularly Brahmins did not participate in food production in the whole human history but ate best food, lived in best houses. Their basic life and morals were corrupt. To improve the moral standards of the nation we must discuss about that. As of now the concept corruption cannot be deployable on dalit/Tribal and OBC masses.
  • Ashis Nandy has always supported the Dalit cause and has been a big supporter of reservations. Being a Left sympathesiser, I feellet down by Left parties who jumped to condemn him without looking at his bigger argument. Are we getting intellectually shallower and bankrupt? Asked by: Aniket Banerjee
  • That I have already said in the media that he supported reservation. But the left parties are a disaster on this issue. The Left Front which rule Bengal for 37 years without interruption was most legally and morally corrupt because it did not implement even the reservation. To understand the the Bengal Brahmin socialism read my novel untouchable God
  • It is true that Corruption has no religion. But is it not a myth that Brahmins are not corrupt? There is one leading engineering college in Allahabad. In any department you can easily find an interesting pattern- A Brahmin as an HOD,his wife a professor, his Son Assistant Professor, Son's wife Doing Phd. This will cutting across departments and all Job levels. Why shall be blind ourselves with comments of Mr. Nandy. the nepotism gave birth to Corruption. Asked by: Chinoo
  • You are right. He should have spoken more about that corruption of upper castes. For a right argument he used wrong language. That is the problem
  • What do you think was the provocation for Nandy to say what he did? Did he just want to sound different/radical? Asked by: Subodh
  • That you should ask him
  • I think its a case of misrepresenting by a whole lot of people- media, activists, politicians who have never read or understand the political and intellectual position Ashis Nandy has taken over the years. Surely, this is not a way to engage in debate and discussion in a democracy. It pains me to see the statement being quoted out of context. And questions coming from a flawed understandign of his position. But in the meanwhile he bears the consequences of some irresponsible reporting. Thank you for having a more sane position on this. Asked by: Chandrika
  • This is not only misrepresenting but it over representing also.
  • sir do you think that all the political parties are playing politics on Ashis Nandy Comments about dalits Asked by: Prince Sanghi ,Narnaul Haryana
  • Political parties ahave their own compulsion as intellectuals and more
  • Mr Ilaiah, I am a Muslim from Bengal and I can vouch for the fact that casteism is virtually non-existant in Bengal as compared to other parts of India. So may be we should not generalise about Bengali Brahmin socialism. Your thoughts. Asked by:Mehboob Elahi
  • Bengal is the worst casteist state. That kept caste oppression and exploitation in almost medieval form. That is the reason why Nom-Sudras who constitute about 25 per cant could not even produce one dalit intellectual.
  • Dear sir Do you think its hi time to review the sc/st act that is grossly misused? Now it has become more of extortion/threatening tool by some letter head leaders than true and genuine protection of weaker section of society? There are various instances wherein a IAS officer used this law to abuse a journalist in Karnataka/ a rich used it to make his things done by threatening to book under sc/st law So why cant we review it and make it more realistic?? Asked by: Naveen
  • No it has to be used much more. But in certain cases like cases like that of this they should be generous and magnanimous.
  • In this 21st century also dalit people are facing caste discrimination and Untouchability."Every hour - two dalits are assaulted,every day three - dalit women are raped and two dalits are murdered.two dalit houses are burnt." (Human Rights Education Movement in India).Many dalit families still live below poverty line.How can ashis ji say like that?Everyone should aware while talking to media and to the people. Asked by: Narendra
  • yes you are right
  • Being a supporter of reservation do not give him a freedom to tell nonsense?? Asked by: Prathap
  • yes, but we can face up to the challenge of debate, which we are capable of.

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    Ashis Nandy

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    Ashis Nandy

    Prof. Nandy receiving Fukuoka Asian Culture Prize in 2007, Japan
    Occupationpolitical psychologistsocial theorist
    Ethnicity Bengali
    Alma materGujarat University
    Spouse(s)Uma Nandy
    Children Aditi (daughter)
    Relative(s)Pritish Nandy and Manish Nandy(Brothers)

    Ashis Nandy (Bengaliআশীষ নন্দী) (born 1937) is an Indian political psychologist, a social theorist, and a contemporary cultural and political critic. A trained sociologist and clinical psychologist, his body of work covers a variety of topics, including public conscience, mass violence, and dialogues of civilizations.

    He was Senior Fellow and Director of the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies(CSDS) for several years. Today, he is a Senior Honorary Fellow at the institute and apart from being the Chairperson of the Committee for Cultural Choices and Global Futures, also in New Delhi.[1][2]

    Nandy had received the Fukuoka Asian Culture Prize in 2007.[3] In 2008 he appeared on the list of the Top 100 Public Intellectuals Poll of the Foreign Policy magazine, published by The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.[4]



    [edit]Early life and education

    Nandy was born in a Bengali[5] family at BhagalpurBihar, in 1937. He is the eldest of three sons of Satish Chandra Nandy and Prafulla Nalini Nandy, and brother of Pritish Nandy and from an elite Bengali Christian family.[6]Later, his family moved to Calcutta. Nandy's mother was a teacher at La Martiniere SchoolCalcutta and subsequently became the school's first Indian vice principal. When he was 10, British India was partitioned into two sovereign countries - India and Pakistan. He witnessed the time of conflicts and atrocities that followed.

    Nandy quit medical college before joining Hislop CollegeNagpur to study social sciences. Later he took a Master's degree in sociology. However, his academic interest tended increasingly towards clinical psychology and he did his Ph.D. in psychology atGujarat UniversityAhmedabad.

    [edit]Academic career

    Nandy joined the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies (CSDS), Delhi, as a young faculty member. While working there, he developed his own methodology by integrating clinical psychology and sociology. Meanwhile, he was invited by a number of universities and research institutions abroad to carry out research and to give them lectures. He served as the Director of CSDS between 1992 and 1997. He also serves on the Editorial Collective of Public Culture, a reviewed journal published by Duke University Press.

    Nandy has coauthored a number of human rights reports and is active in movements for peace, alternative sciences and technologies, and cultural survival. He is a member of the Executive Councils of the World Futures Studies Federation, the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative, the International Network for Cultural Alternatives to Development, and the People's Union for Civil Liberties. Nandy has been a Woodrow Wilson Fellow at the Wilson Center, Washington, D.C., a Charles Wallace Fellow at the University of Hull, and a Fellow of the Institute for Advanced Studies in Humanities, University of Edinburgh. He held the first UNESCO Chair at the Center for European Studies, University of Trier, in 1994. In 2006 he became the National Fellow of the Indian Council of Social Science Research.

    Professor Nandy is an intellectual who identifies and explores numerous and diverse problems. He has written extensively in last two decades. His 1983 book, titled 'The Intimate Enemy: Loss and Recovery of Self Under Colonialism', talked about the psychological problems posed at a personal level by colonialism, for both colonizer and colonized. Nandy argues that the understanding of self is intertwined with those of race, class, and religion under colonialism, and that the Gandhian movement can be understood in part as an attempt to transcend a strong tendency of educated Indians to articulate political striving for independence in European terms. Through his prolific writing and other activities supported by his belief in non-violence, Professor Nandy has offered penetrating analysis from different angles of a wide range of problems such as political disputes and racial conflicts, and has made suggestions about how human beings can exist together, and together globally, irrespective of national boundaries.


    • 1978 - The New Vaisyas: Entrepreneurial Opportunity and Response in an Indian City. Raymond Lee Owens and Ashis Nandy. Bombay: Allied, 1977. Durham, NC: Carolina Academic P, 1978.
    • 1980 - At the Edge of Psychology: Essays in Politics and Culture. Delhi: Oxford UP, 1980. Delhi; Oxford: Oxford UP, 1990.
    • 1980 - Alternative Sciences: Creativity and Authenticity in Two Indian Scientists. New Delhi: Allied, 1980. Delhi: Oxford UP, 1995.
    • 1983 - The Intimate Enemy: Loss and Recovery of Self Under Colonialism. Delhi: Oxford UP, 1983. Oxford: Oxford UP, 1988.
    • 1983 - Science, Hegemony and Violence: A Requiem for Modernity. Ed. Ashis Nandy. Tokyo, Japan: United Nations University, 1988. Delhi: Oxford UP, 1990.
    • 1987 - Traditions, Tyranny, and Utopias: Essays in the Politics of Awareness. Delhi; New York: Oxford UP, 1987. New York: Oxford UP, 1992.
    • 1987 - Science, Hegemony and Violence: A Requiem for Modernity. Ed. Ashis Nandy. Tokyo, Japan: United Nations University, 1988. Delhi: Oxford UP, 1990.Traditions, Tyranny, and Utopias: Essays in the Politics of Awareness. Delhi; New York: Oxford UP, 1987. New York: Oxford UP, 1992.
    • 1988 - Science, Hegemony and Violence: A Requiem for Modernity. Ed. Ashis Nandy. Tokyo, Japan: United Nations University, 1988. Delhi: Oxford UP, 1990.
    • 1989 - The Tao of Cricket: On Games of Destiny and the Destiny of Games. New Delhi; New York: Viking, 1989. New Delhi; New York: Penguin, 1989.
    • 1993 - Barbaric Others: A Manifesto on Western Racism. Merryl Wyn Davies, Ashis Nandy, and Ziauddin Sardar. London; Boulder, CO: Pluto Press, 1993.
    • 1994 - The Illegitimacy of Nationalism: Rabindranath Tagore and the Politics of Self. Delhi; Oxford: Oxford UP, 1994.
    • 1994 - The Blinded Eye: Five Hundred Years of Christopher ColumbusClaude Alvares, Ziauddin Sardar, and Ashis Nandy. New York: Apex, 1994.
    • 1995 - The Savage Freud and Other Essays on Possible and Retrievable Selves. Delhi; London: Oxford UP, 1995. Princeton, NJ: Princeton UP, 1995.
    • 1995 - Creating a Nationality: the Ramjanmabhumi Movement and Fear of the Self. Eds. Ashis Nandy, Shikha Trivedy, and Achyut Yagnick. Delhi; Oxford: Oxford UP, 1995. New York: Oxford UP, 1996.
    • 1996 - The Multiverse of Democracy: Essays in Honour of Rajni Kothari. Eds. D.L. Sheth and Ashis Nandy. New Delhi; London: Sage, 1996.
    • 1999 - Editor, The Secret Politics of Our Desires: Innocence, Culpability and Indian Popular Cinema Zed: 1999. (also wrote introduction)
    • 2002 - Time Warps - The Insistent Politics of Silent and Evasive Pasts.
    • 2006 - Talking India: Ashis Nandy in conversation with Ramin Jahanbegloo. New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2006.
    • 2007 - TIME TREKS: The Uncertain Future of Old and New Despotisms. New Delhi: Permanent Black, 2007.
    • 2007 - A Very Popular Exile. New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2007.



    Fukuoka Asian Culture Prize in 2007


    • Anxieties plaguing us since mid-1980s:".. the diminishing role of the sacred in everyday life, even though India continues to be seen as a country surfeit with religions and rituals.[7]
    • "Distinctions between westernisation and modernisation have not touched the bulk of western educated modern Indians, who are convinced that their future lies in being exactly like Europe and North America." [7]
    • "You cannot pay Rs 12,000 for a meal for two people in a five-star hotel and come out and throw Rs 10 to a boy competing with a dog for the garbage and think you have done your duty" [8]
    • "In India, we live in a country where the gods are imperfect and the demons are never fully demonic. I call this an 'epic culture' because an epic is not complete without either the gods or the demons. They make the story together." [8]

    [edit]Further reading


    • Ashis Nandy in conversation with Gurcharan Das [9][10][11]


    • Sardar, Ziauddin and Loon, Borin Van. 2001. Introducing Science. US: Totem Books (UK: Icon Books).


    1. ^ Ashis Nandy Emory University.
    2. ^ Ashis Nandy - Senior Honorary Fellow Centre for the Study of Developing Societies (CSDS) website.
    3. ^ "Fukuoka Asian Culture Prize - Laureates for 2007". The Fukuoka Asian Culture Prizes. Retrieved 2008-11-19.
    4. ^ "Top 100 Public Intellectuals". Foreign Policy. May 2008. Archived from the original on 5 December 2008. Retrieved 2008-11-19.
    5. ^ "A short pause". Rediff. 1999-01-12. Retrieved 2013-01-27.
    6. ^ "25, yet no Christian". The Herald of India. Retrieved 2013-01-27.
    7. a b What fuels Indian Nationalism? - A deep sense of inferiority and fear, says Ashis Nandy Tehelka, 2007.
    8. a b The Hour Of The Untamed Cosmopolitan Tehelka, Issue May 30, 2009. p .9.
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