Consensus Without Trust

Implicit in this elementary schemata of generating public knowledge is the assumption that individuals in the network trust each other. What happens if there is no trust?  Can families lacking trust arrive at a consensus?  

A History of Histories

At its heart, this is a methodological approach where the small and fleeting lives of men become the mode to comprehend the capaciousness of humanity, rather than the opposite where the characteristics of impersonal descriptors — class, gender, race — circumscribes the life-works of a man. 

Another Frame, Another India

It is only in seeing these images that one understands the radicalism of Gandhi’s faith that held his fellow Indians, amidst those environs of decline and despair, to a moral standard that still remains the high-watermark of political ambitions. 

Cleansing India

If Gandhi’s life has any lesson, it is that symbolism can only be transformative if it is sustained, if people believe that symbolic action, away from the glare of the camera, means something in-of-itself.  

A History Of The Present

This openness of critical thinking that accepts the influences of others conversely also gives us the freedom to claim influences of Indic thought elsewhere. To remember this axiomatic double-entry bookkeeping of culture — the giving and the receiving — is perhaps the challenge of our all too shrill times.

The Rites of Action

Their locus of evaluation is not the individual in a society but a maintenance of social infrastructure within which individuals can thrive.   This is an analytical framework that exalts ‘action’ and produces a mentality that seeks protectors of that infrastructure. 

An Equal and Opposite Reaction

The conservative seeks to preserve the past while anxiously examining signs of change that may upend the present, the reactionary meanwhile seeks to destroy the present so that he may rebuild the future in the shadow of an imagined past.

Autumn and Its Discontents

Politicians, trained in decades-old languages of subcommitees and judicial hearings, suddenly found themselves unmoored from what people now sought from politics: an argument for coherence in an age of multiple incoherences.

The Fountainhead

William Jones’ magnificent life is a wolf-whistle to an era that is now forgotten but, as we trudge our way through the forests of global capitalism, his life’s themes and resonances may be all too real. 

The Exterior Landscape

 The earth and its climatological paraphernalia, like an impatient landlord, may no longer offer up time and space to construct life-events, far less allow us the freedom to anxiously marvel at the interiority of our thoughts and beliefs. 

The Bicycle Diaries

Society and history are all in service of the singular question: will Wadjda be able to buy and ride a cycle? Of course, the answer must be a yes. Why make a film about a failed attempt?

Who Owns What?

It is important to note the difference: it  is not that company is claiming ownership of a particular recording by a particular artist. It is instead claiming ownership on the composition itself that has come down over centuries.