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Subalterns and Subalternness

Subalterns and Subalternness Thomas J Mathew IT is with some degree of hesitation that I am making this intervention in the debate between Ramchandra Guha and Anita Chakravarty (EPW, August 19 and Decem- ber 23, 1995 and February 24, 1996). It is indeed unfortunate that Guha should have personalised what might have been a fruitful discussion. Strongly worded attacks, aimed at a particular linguistic-cultural group, foreclose the possibility of sustained discussion by hardening original positions. Personalising the argument likewise restricts the discussion by dissuading others from joining in.

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