Dystopia is visible everywhere, from the heightened surveillance through CCTVs and Aadhaar, to the constructed fear of citizens seen as ‘foreign’ due to what they eat, watch and wear.
Pramod K. Nayar
The humanities call upon us to rediscover that cooperation across difference, and not competition, drives community, the nation and life itself.
A person forced to be a human shield is transformed into a counter weapon, a target and a possible expendable body by the wagers of war.
Demonetisation has forced a cultural process of organised assembly into existence – outside banks, post offices and ATMs.
Caught in a state beyond language, the child victim is primordial to every representational moment in the writing of disaster or suffering.
Cultural property debates are about contested and conflicting regimes of value in the age of the global.
If there is a disgust-discourse around human scavenging, this might provoke a larger social movement, where people who have always been disgusted by excrement are now equally disgusted at the social order built around its cleaning up.
The descendants of both victims and perpetrators must realise a public apology is neither restitutive nor reparative. But by embodying the promise of future action, it can be transformative.
In the public debates around key concepts raised by the students, democracy finds its greatest strength: the right to speak, the right to be heard and the right to plurality.
Smart Cities might offer one set of technologically determined solutions to human and social problems but smartification may also come at a great cost to one’s subjectivity as a citizen.