Starting this new blog with a link to a piece by Pratap Bhanu Mehta, whose writings I not only admire and respect but find myself agreeing with more often than not, writing in the Indian Express :
"... little did we imagine that Indian intellectual servility to power
would reach a new low. A recent example is a statement issued by a group of prominent Left intellectuals that once again confirms that their loyalty is to power and party, not morality and argument.
The Left is gifted with some of the finest minds. But too often their ingenuity is used for artful circumlocution. The recent statement on the violence in Nandigram is a perfect example of that. The statement begins with a tone of sincerity that only Left intellectuals can feign, expressing pain and anguish at the violence in Nandigram. But it swiftly descends into a premature exoneration of the state government.
...It is still a matter of astonishment that intellectuals have, in the
interests of party or veniality, given up discussing their fiduciary responsibilities as professional teachers....
The Leftï,½s damage to intellectual life has been considerable, in part because it has the veneer of sophisticated intellectualism. But understand why it doesnï,½t rise above party loyalties and you understand why the only thing Indian universities do not do is cultivate the life of the mind."