Further Thoughts about Colonial Subjectivity: a Reply to our Critics
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We thank our four critics for their careful and generous attention to our book. We have learned a great deal from considering their views, and we are pleased that the book at least stimulates some creative thought about how to conceptualize the Indian renaissance and the work that emerges therefrom. We are intrigued by the diversity of contexts in which our readers place our text, and we note with surprise and pleasure that the context in which one reads the book inclines the reader to see different kinds of problems.
Prof. Tagore reads Minds Without Fear as a hermeneutical text and sets it in the context of work by Foucault, Gadamer, and Benjamin. As a result, he takes us to task for taking the idea of renaissance too much for granted, at the expense of attention to cosmopolitanism and to power. Prof. Dalmiya, on the other hand, reads Minds Without Fearas an essay in postcolonial theory alongside the work of Sudipta Kaviraj. She also worries about our uncritical attitude towards...