An Inspirational talks done by Dr. Ajay Gudavarthy, On Oct. 06, 2016 at 

Prof/Dr. Ajay Gudavarthy, is a great political scientist/thinker/intellectual tycoon. As you know that, Gudavarthy, wrotes a huge number of Books. i.e., Re – Framing Democracy and Agency in India. Edited- Reframing Democracy and Agency: Interrogating Political Society (Anthem Press, London, 2012), Politics of Post-Civil Society: Contemporary History of Political Movements in India (Sage, Delhi, 2013), Maoism, Democracy and Globalisation: Cross-currents in Indian Politics, Cultural Politics of Modern India etc. Also, Contributes own contemporary texts and knowledge on recent issues to the EPW, News Dailies including, The Hindu, Indian Express, Deccan Herald and IASmind etc.


An Associate Professor at the Centre for Political Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Gudavarthy sets the tone for the book in the introductory essay outlining arguments in favour of, as also critical of Maoist violence, Added, The Hindu…

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Gudavarthy, Philosophy is both “abstract and empirical”. Philosophy talks about “generic universal proposition”. It asking a basic sociological and historical facts which relates the overall reality. It really gives you a moral work. Gudavarthy, much focus on the relevancy of Indian Philosophy in a contemporary time and shares own idea about guilt which may indicates the works of Nietzsche’s “On the Genealogy of Morals”. 
He argued that, Philosophy never define what is reason? it can not. More generic that is the beauty of philosophy. “Experience is selective” and it comes through the available category. In other words, “experience is constructed in category and it is selective”. “Dialectics between Philosophy and experience becomes very important”. We needs some “collective”. What type of new collectives need India? we need to break the Hierarchies.
Through the own experience, which is selective and provides the practical and moral framework of understanding ideas. Generally, he Starts with caste system, “Mental physical division that exist in society”. Socialization in childhood is the pure mental construct that is superior fact. For example: Mathematics is a superior facts because it is pure abstract. “Hierarchies exist social interaction of class root”. Further, he talks about “Rule of law” in the context of Constitutional reality..
Despite all of above, There is no hierarchies in knowledge system. One think that philosophy talks about generic universal proposition. It can be interpreted in different reality and a different historical time. Also suggest something about the “Idea Of Reason”. you need reason he believe that philosophers cross the liberal tradition etc…

International Conference (17-18 NOVEMBER, 2016), Organized by Ajay Gudavarthy, Center for Political Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University.

May Watch, DEMOCRACY AND SECULAR SECTARIANISM: Inaugural Comments by Prof. Ajay Gudavarthy and David Pan

Prof. Ajay Gudavarthy, Done the Inaugural Comments about above and also talks about the changing nature of Indian Politics. As a Post-Congress system with cold type of internal alliances between social groups cracking up and that new type of social groups emerging. Perhaps, Secularism as an idea does not merely refer to separation between religion, state and politics. Moreover, as a philosophical proposition secularism also would mean an ability to trust and solidarity with unlikely social groups essentially with strangers and in that scene Ajay Gudavarthy believe that its the opposite of Xenophobia (phobia of the strangers). In Short, In the Indian context secularism has not excluded sectarianism.

The International conference will focus on new forms of sectarianism that have emerged as part of democratic and progressive politics in India, but also including coverage of related experiences in other countries. David Pan (, Telos-Paul Piccone Institute, More focus around principle of monarchy, notion of common good, nature of state (Hobbes), security, morality of etics, freedom, national interest etc.

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