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Department of English Literature
English and Foreign Languages University
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Prakash Kona is a writer, teacher and researcher who lives in Hyderabad, India. He is currently Professor at the Department of English Literature, The English and Foreign Languages University (EFLU), Hyderabad.
(17 comments) SHARE Thursday, June 25, 2015 Putting the Charleston Church Shooting in Perspective
I personally don't think that these are ideologically motivated murders. On the contrary they are rooted in a social structure that has already categorized certain individuals as outsiders -- and someone as young as Dylann Roof merely needs a cause to enroll as an insider. In that sense Roof's mindset is not fundamentally different from that of the youth who are fighting for the ISIS in the Levant.
(4 comments) SHARE Friday, June 5, 2015 Government of India versus the Ambedkar Periyar Study Circle
This might be a remarkably brief synopsis of the incident: however, the fact remains that the Ambedkar-Periyar Study Circle (APSC), a student association was derecognized by the prestigious Indian Institute of Technology, Madras through a mail dated May 22, 2015 for allegedly creating "hatred" of the Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the "Hindus."
SHARE Sunday, April 12, 2015 Reflections on Cuba: from Communism to Consumerism
I began writing this short piece on Cuba in December 2012 after I returned home following a conference at the University of Havana. For some reason I took a long time to develop the argument, but, fundamentally, I remain convinced now, as I was then, that Cuba is the new consumer haven for American goods.
SHARE Monday, April 6, 2015 By birth Indian, by culture Hindu, and by faith Christian
The fears of Christian minorities in India are legitimate given the fact that there is a history of attacks on minorities through the use of mobs that would justify the fear. To dismiss those fears as imaginary as is being done by official media is seriously problematic and will not resolve issues at the ground level.
(13 comments) SHARE Saturday, March 7, 2015 Lynching the "Rapist": a horror greater than the Rape
I couldn't believe how happy the mob of mostly young men in Dimapur, Nagaland looked in their euphoria celebrating the lynching of an alleged rapist who also happens to be migrant labor from another state of India.
(15 comments) SHARE Monday, January 12, 2015 Pourquoi Je ne suis pas Charlie Hebdo
The Charlie Hebdo tragedy is a thinly disguised parody of what used to be the "white man's burden" in the heydays of colonialism. It is therefore racist too by extension, a racism hiding behind discourses such as free speech within the "comfort zone" of western democracy.
(2 comments) SHARE Sunday, December 7, 2014 A View From India: Ferguson and Aftermath: A Bit too Black or White
The way the discourse has been shaped right from the very beginning was on preconceived terms. It began with a minority black "law-breaker" and an armed white law-enforcer backed by a powerful racist state and continues in the same vein. That's what I find problematic.
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, July 17, 2014 "Eyeless" in Gaza
I wrote this article, with a change in few words, some years ago when Israel had done something similar to what it is doing today to Gaza. Strangely I realized that nothing fundamentally changed. This is only to emphasize the pathetic condition of the Palestinians under colonial occupation. "The Palestinians must defy the Israelis and live their freedom not as a possibility but as a reality."
(18 comments) SHARE Saturday, May 31, 2014 What has meritocracy to do with merit?
Meritocracy is another way of globalizing caste system by creating a system of social stratification separating the inferior from the superior. It is a way of making sure that the downtrodden, apart from the token few, never aspire to what by virtue of the system will go to those who inherit both wealth and power.
(5 comments) SHARE Tuesday, May 20, 2014 Annihilation of Casteist Mindset
This is not a book review as such but a reflection on few aspects of the speech "Annihilation of Caste" by Dr. B. R. Ambedkar written to be presented in 1936 at the invitation of an anti-caste association in Lahore. There is nothing like caste as an unchanging category. Slavery was once upon a time a reality. What made it real was that there was something called the slave mentality and likewise a master mentality.
(1 comments) SHARE Sunday, May 18, 2014 What the Narendra Modi-led BJP regime means to the future of India
As the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi will write the obituary to the Nehruvian vision of a mixed economy that combined public enterprise with private initiative. In fact what this electoral victory might signify is the corporatization of the state where merit and conformism to the political order become the primary criteria for the ideal citizen.
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, January 22, 2014 Arvind Kejriwal and his loony bin politics
The Aam Aadmi Party and its leader Kejriwal are anything but a serious reflection of the aspirations of the downtrodden masses. The recent mistreatment of black African women in Delhi by the law minister of the party actually establishes the racist and casteist nature of AAP politics.
(7 comments) SHARE Saturday, December 21, 2013 An American System, "Alien" to the Indian Mindset
This article is a reflection on the politics surrounding the arrest and body search of Ms. Devyani Khobragade an Indian consular officer in the US leading to a diplomatic row between India and the US -- at least from the Indian point of view.
(2 comments) SHARE Sunday, December 30, 2012 Patriarchy, the Social Order and the Delhi Gangrape Victim
The twenty-three year old victim of brutal gang-rape on a New Delhi bus finally succumbed in a Singapore hospital following a period of physical and mental devastation -- a devastation that needs a different kind of imagination for it to be properly understood. The legitimization of violence in a country like India is an altogether different thing.
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, September 21, 2012 Why Muslims need to embrace a Politics of Moderation
It is as imperative for Muslims to embrace the politics of moderation as it is for the western governments and media to open space to the voices of moderate Muslims and give them an opportunity to be leaders in their communities.
SHARE Friday, September 7, 2012 Book Review: Twilight of the Elites: America after Meritocracy
Chris Hayes dismantles the myths of meritocracy: The book "Twilight of the Elites: America after Meritocracy" is written with a certain passion as if in response to the need of a time -- " the increasing inequality, compartmentalization, and stratification of America in the post-meritocratic age" (212).