Thursday, April 12, 2007
Public intellectual of the other India
I had written earlier (here, here and here) about my friend Rahul. Today, Bhupinder has written an appreciation of Rahul’s memoir of his activism in central India in (How the Other Half Lives).
It is written in the manner of a well read and well-engaged activist, his range of reading is mind boggling, and his experiences as a foot-soldier organizer among the people he chose to work with, fascinating.
But the most exhilarating aspect of the book is is the harmony between thought and action, a constant dialectic between theory and action. Small is the tribe of such people, and fewer still are those who have documented their experience and engagement with some of the poorest of the poor in the country.
He concludes by saying:
Rahul Banerjee has not been able to give back the tongue to the adivasis. But he has learnt their language and spoken for them. And in the process, has etched the ideas and struggles that have defined the sensitivities of our age.
One hopes that he continues to carry forward as a crusading public intellectual of the other India.