A Syllabus on Sedition | The Wire

Shlachter, a writer and member of the Indian diaspora based in Austin, Texas, decided to a create what he has called the “JNU Distance Learning Sedition Module”. “This syllabus is an attempt at curating some of the more reliable articles, presenting vital counter-narratives, and providing slightly deeper context on some of the issues at play than the news cycle permits in the era of Arnab and Twitter,” Shlachter explains. “…the goal is to arm readers with information, context, and arguments that might help clarify their own positions and prepare them to better engage, or at least understand, those for whom this whole snafu is as inscrutable as the right is to us. Aside from the media’s propensity to misinformation, this unfolding drama has shown how ideas now passé to academics and activists — ideas questioning the nation-state and nationalism, the caste hierarchy, the Indian state’s jurisdiction over Kashmir, or the monolithic and suspect nature reflexively ascribed to “Muslims” — are utterly foreign and inflammatory not just to the right, but to wide swaths of mainstream society. These are not all “raving sanghis” but very often our own family members, friends, classmates or coworkers, and neighbors. We need to do better at communicating, and at understanding the appeal of the right, if we are to ever realize the ideas that have become so self-evident to us”.

A Syllabus on Sedition | The Wire

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