The second reading for discussion is:
Aditya Nigam ‘For a Radical Social Democracy: Imagining Possible Indian Future/s’ in A Kothari and Roy (eds) Alternative Futures: India Unshackled (AuthorsUpFront, 2017).
The first reading is for discussion is here.
Nigam states, ‘The futures that we imagine today…will be crucially framed by what we do today’.
What kind of future(s) does Nigam think we ought to imagine? And how does he propose we might arrive at it/them?
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Nigam states, ‘The only way of imagining a common future, it seems then, is to liberate ourselves from actual, empirical history…thereby sidestepping the actual history of conflicts. Historically situated contentions and conflicts that often determine the conduct of figures like Gandhi, Iqbal, Ambedkar or Tagore can actually become an impediment in appreciating what might be truly valuable in their thought.’
Do you agree or disagree with Nigam’s approach to ‘imagining a common future’? Why?