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Breakfast with Evil and Other Risky Ventures: The Non-Essential Ashis Nandy

ISBN : 9780190120924

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Ashis Nandy
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304 Pages
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148 x 221 mm
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Mar 2021
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Breakfast with Evil and Other Risky Ventures is a pre-emptive attempt to bring together the scattered writings of Ashis Nandy over his entire span of writing career and scan those scattered lectures, interviews, and writings including essays and columns for newspapers and journals for an in-depth analytical study. As the author himself explains, these are not his musings on static, time-bound issues, rather they capture how he confronts and negotiates the living past in the political, social, and cultural landscape of South Asia-starting from the manmade famine of 1943 to the Partition and freedom of India and the birth of Pakistan in 1947, the Bangladesh War in 1971, and the protracted civil war in Sri Lanka (1983-2009). The essays, often written as forewords to other scholars' works, straddle languages, systems of knowledge, and forms of voice and silence. Nandy attempts to identify a critical and intellectual strategy for survival in the Third World. He establishes that though a traumatic ambience-marred by aggressive development, instant nationalisms, or the brutalizing spectacles of modern nation-states-numbs one's imagination, it can also lead to new worldviews and multiple creative forms of resistance.

Index: 

The Barbarians, Toba Tek Singh, 2016,
The Song of The Walkers: A Foreword by K. Satchidanandan xi
Prolegomena xvii
BOOK I: THIS, OUR TIME
1. The Idea of South Asia: The Origins of Post-Bandung Blues 3
2. The Gift of Partition: The Career of an Idea 13
3. Is Australia a Victim of the Ethical Limits of the Enlightenment?: A Note on the Culture of a State 20
4. Living and Dying in Kashmir 26
5. Despair, the Missing Rasa 34
6. From the Age of Anxiety to the Age of Fear 45
7. Idealism, Ideology, and Total Politics 54
8. Uprooting and the Landscape of Clandestine Selves 61
9. The Peasant 67
10. The Final Obituary: Death, Responsibility, and Sanjay Gandhi 72
BOOK II: NEGOTIATING NECROPHILIA
11. Breakfast with Evil: Vijay Tendulkar as a Social Theorist of Violence 81
12. How to Live Happily with Torture 87
13. Nuclearism: An Epidemiology 99
14. The Fear and the Allure of Self-Destruction 105
15. Who Won the World Cup in 1994? 112
16. Invitation to a Beheading: Political Assassinations in the Third World 116
17. Laughter in a Mortuary: O.V. Vijayan 123
BOOK III: THE WORK OF CULTURE
18. The Fear of Plague: The Inner Demons of a Society 131
19. Consumerism: Its Hidden Beauties and Politics 136
20. Coca-Cola 142
21. Sugar: An Incidental Obituary of the Humble Jaggery 148
22. Solitude 152
23. Ethnic Cuisine 158
24. Satyajit Ray's India: Cinema, Creativity, and Cultural Nationalism 165
25. Hindi Cinema and Its Half-Forgotten Dialects: Christopher Pinney Interviews Ashis Nandy 179
BOOK IV: THE CLINICAL GAZE
26. Infantilization: The Nineteenth-Century Ghosts Haunting Twenty-First Century Democracies 203
27. Ajita Chakraborty: The Psychiatrist as a Social Critic 210
28. The Psychiatrist as a Political Critic 218
29. The Empire Thinks Back 223
30. Psychoanalytic Sociology and Postcolonial Predicament: An Interview by Livio Boni 229
BOOK V: SHREDS OF HOPE
31. Beyond Brutalization 247
32. Gandhi after Gandhi: The Fate of Dissent in Our Times 260
33. Liberation of Those Who Do Not Speak the Language of Liberation 269
34. Freud, Modernity, and Violence: Analytic Attitude, Dissent, and the Boundaries of Self in Our Times 277
35. A Trialogue across Mortality 296
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About the author: 

Ashis Nandy is a famous India political psychoanalyst and social theorist. He has been associated with the Press for over a decade now. He was the Senior Fellow and Former Director of CSDS for several years. His research interests centre on the political psychology of violence, cultures of knowledge, utopias and visions, human potentialities, and futures. Presently he is working on genocide.

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