• SummerHill, (Summer)
    Vol 22 No 1 (2016)

    The current Volume of Summerhill takes a close look at some of the technological trajectories of digital technologies in order to assess and understand the global communication society and the deep issues of ethicality, politics and culture that underlie its rationality. the centerpiece that holds this volume together is a conversation with Prof. Robin Jeffrey who has paid close attention to the relationship between Media, Democracy and Politics in postcolonial India. Through his work, Jeffrey constantly brings into our attention the dynamics of the global and the local, mobility and stagnation, long durae and short durae and the fragility of the information systems. T.T. Sreekumar, in his essay on the Politics of Cyborg, gestures to the particularity of cyborg futures, a future that would be mired in deeper inequalities and located in the differential experience of modernity.In their essay on Dalit Digital archives, P. Thirumal and Sai Kommaraju argues that these archives shift the sensory registers of archiving from visual to sonic and from disembodied objective archival orders to embodied mornings.Exploring the context of  digital film making practices, Hemantika Singh's essay  point towards a shift in ideas around authorship from individual genius to a collective signature. Manisha Madapathy examines the centrality of mobile phone messages in recent riots and violent events to understand the relationship between mobile phones and embodiment and Puthiya Purayil Sneha maps the field of Digital Humanities in India through a careful examination of practices, processes, imaginations and objects that map it. The issue also features ten short poems by Gowhar Yaqoob.

  • SummerHill, (Summer)
    Vol 21 No 1 (2015)

    This issue of Summerhill is the counter-hegemonic cultural role that poetry in India has played throughout the many centuries of its existence. Indian poetry, like Indian philosophy, has a long tradition of creative dissent as it has always been alert to its surroundings and has worked against diverse forms of cultural hegemony. This tradition begins with folk and adivasi poetry where the people speak about their different origins, subvert status-quo myths and raise their voices against the masters who deny them their rights. We also have folk and tribal epics that are parallel to the mainstream epics, at times taking themes from Ramayana and Mahabharata and giving them new, often subaltern, interpretations or celebrating folk heroes.

  • SummerHill, (Summer)
    Vol 19 No 1 (2013)

    I am extremely happy to be here in Shimla to deliver the First Rabindranath Tagore Memorial Lecture. Nearly five decades ago, my predecessor Dr Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan inaugurated the Indian Institute of Advanced Study (IIAS). He envisaged it to be a place where scholars could pursue the larger questions of life and thought; where, in fellowship, a body of ideas would emerge and be debated, so that the intellectual fabric of this great nation would be enriched. Dr Radhakrishnan was a man of ideas.

  • SummerHill, (Summer)
    Vol 20 No 1 (2014)

    In this issue of Su.mmerhill: IIAS Review we have five  papers from or about different locations: the city in cinema, the globality of 1nountains, Indian cmnmunities in colonial/postcolonial East Africa located somewhere in between the colonizer and the colonized, an Australian appraisal of In dian-English poetry, and conceptions of gender-caste-tribe-nation by a 'lower' caste woman leader in colonial Assam.

  • SummerHill, (Winter)
    Vol 18 No 2 (2012)

    The current number of Summerhill: IIAS Review begins with the text of 17"' Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan  Memorial Lecturo_ delivered by Professor U, R, Ananthamurthy, Is being a writer in a regional language a limitation? Certainly not, maintains Ananthamurthy, Writers as varied as Shakespeare, Dante and Milton used the regional dialects as did the Kannada poets Pampa and Kuvempu.

  • SummerHill, (Summer)
    Vol 17 No 1 (2011)
  • Summer Hill, (Summer)
    Vol 18 No 1 (2012)

    Liberal cosmopolitanism is very often conceived in terms of a transcendent sphere of humanity which is the constitutive feature of our political community. Since the terms 'post-colonial' and 'cosmopolitan' are sliding signifiers the cosmopolitan ideals may seem attractive but their realization is much less immanent.

  • SummerHill, (Winter)
    Vol 16 No 2 (2010)

    In the well-established tradition of the Russian intelligentsia, Solzhenitsyn reflected on Russia's past, her relation
    with the West, and the crisis of modern civilization; but he departed from that tradition in significant ways. He did not propose a Russian leadership of the planet as sometimes done by the Slavophiles, the civilization theorists Danilevskii and the Eurasianists certainly the Bolsheviks, and eventually the Soviet Unioin mid-career until the optimistic reign of Khrushchev.

  • SummerHill, (Summer)
    Vol 15 No 1 (2009)

    Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan was unquestionably one of the great Indians of the twentieth century. As a philosopher he interpreted Indian thought to the world in what has been called the 'battle of consciousness.' The Republic bestowed on him the highest offices of the State and he in turn added lustre to them. A constitutional head of state in a modern democracy cannot, with justice, lay claim to Plato's ideal of a 'perfect guardian'; despite it, the philosopher in Radhakrishnan did inject a deeper perspective, draw attention to values and help the system, as he put it, 'do the right thing'.

  • SummerHill
    Vol 13 No 2 (2007)

    The Mughal, or Timurid, empire that was founded by Zahir ud-Din Muhammad Babur between 1526 and 1530 was by the seventeenth century the most powerful empire the subcontinent had ever known. underlying it were the superior military capabilities of a generation of Central Asian soldiers, but it owed much to the reign of Jalal ud-Din Muhammad Akbar (r.1556-1605) when the institutions that defined the regime were set firmly in place and the heartland of the empire was defined; both of these were the accomplishment of Akbar.

  • SummerHill, (Winter)
    Vol 19 No 2 (2013)

    Conventional conceptions of violence have undergonesubstantive changes over the past few decades. Simplistic notions of violence as being based primarily on the use of physical force have paved way for more incorporative notions that include psychological, sexual and economic violence as well, whether inflicted individually or collectively, and maybe even self-directed.

  • SummerHill
    Vol 12 No 2 (2006)

    In the Indian Society, religion has played a crucial role in integration as well as dividing people in and the across differentr cultural groups. The modal value of India society revolves around the 'Hindu way life' because of the numerical preponderance of the Hindus but as a consequences of the influence of Islam and Christianity, there wer many changes observed in the religious orthodoxy which had kept the people together in a cohesive manner to comstitute a solidrity group.

  • SummerHill
    Vol 9 No 1 & 2 (2003)

    The Vedas and the Upanisads are the treasure house of varieties of spiritual experiences is not of course a discovery of mine, for they have been held in the highest esteem in our age-old tradition precisely because of this and they have been acknowledged to be so by a number of distinguished scholars and savants of Indian thought in the recent past also. Surendra Nath Dasgupta, for examples, whose mastery in the Indian  philosophical tradition is undisputed, has very clearly pointed out that "philosophical speculations in India can be traced to the intuitive experiences of the Upanisads and some of the Vedic hymns"

  • SummerHill
    Vol 11 No 2 (2005)

    Ancient wisdom has it that w hereof you cannot speak, thereof you must be silent. Poets delighted or distressed with the complex web of often inconunensurable partic ularities of real or im agin ed experiences refuse to be silent and ignore Wittgenstein's dictum that w hat cannot be said cannot be whistled either. But between silence and poetic whistling  there are the noises   of the narrative fiction. Although philosophers are quite garrulous about their commitment to their exploration of truth and nothing but the truth, Rorty has assured us that philosophy is one of the varied types of narrative fiction. As if to make matters even more post-modern, philosophically sensitive, learned mathematician, GianCarlo Rota highlights the spuriousness of the distinction, if not between truth and lies, at least between truth an d invention when he approvingly quotes the following (translation of a) verse of the Spanish poet

  • SummerHill
    Vol 12 No 1 (2006)
  • SummerHill
    Vol 10 No 1 & 2 (2004)

    To talk of peace under capitalism and imperialism can be rightly said to be the most malicious of all fictions. Just as Max Horkheimer and Nicos Poulantzas had said that one cannot understand fascism without understanding capitalism and imperialism, so too one will have to say that one can not understand war and peace without understanding the histories of capitalism and imperialism. The ideas put forth by Lenin in the last century, that capitalism has reached a new stage of development in the form of imperialism, that its existence is based on expansionism and conflicts between rival capitalist blocs and that wars are the instrumental reason  of modern capitalism, remains true to this day. Not only are wars important for imperialism , they now form the essential political economy of global capitalism in the present days of the empire.

  • SummerHill, (Winter)
    Vol 8 No 2 (2002)

    With globalization, science and information technology as the mantra of contemporary thinking, the finer  sensibilities of life inherent in the concept of Satyam, Shivam, Sundaram- which John  Keats also voiced in his famous line "Truth is Beauty, Beauty is Truth," as the ultimate knowledge - seem to have receded to the background, marginalizing as it were, art, literature and humanities. And yet, the picture is not so dismal. As long as life abounds with wonder and man continues his quest for perfection, he will be motivated by Ideas, creativity and be compelled to organize his emotional concerns into an intelligible verbal experience- questioning, creating and trying to understand the cognitive, moral and aesthetic truth.

  • Summerhill, (Summer)
    Vol 8 No 1 (2002)

    The Itihasa-Purana tradition of ancient India has generally been  neglected by modern historians as valid sources   of  history of  early India.  Its veracity  and historicity is  doubted on the  ground It contains legends, myths and       superstitions and has no sense of time and authorship. Modern historiography by and large, is positivistic and regards itself as an empirical science. Consequently modern historians- Indian as well as westerners-educated and trained in the European concept of history consider history only as an emperial time and space.

  • Summerhill, (Winter)
    Vol 6 No 2 (2000)

    The Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla, is wedded to such fundamental research themes relevant to humanity, It is with this idea that a cell has been established to undertake research on subjects like  consciousness on the combined bases of science and philosophy. It is with this view that recently some research papers on consciousness have been published by the Institute. The present issue of Summerhill :IIAS Review also contains an analysis of' computer and mind' besides usual reviews. The Summerhill : IIAS Review has been given a new format in order to make it research oriented with critical essays also along with the reviews. I do hope that the present issue, with a changed format, would be welcomed by the scholars and general readers.

  • Summerhill, (Summer-Winter)
    Vol 7 No 1-2 (2001)

    Terrorism of worst style has been the mark feature of  winter 2001. In view of  this it may  not be  out'of place to discuss  some lasting  solutions to  this challenge to  national  and  international security  in the   present issue. Terrorism has, of late, posed, inter alia, an ominous challenge to global security. It appears to have the sinister potentiality    of a nuclear holocaust     with the possibility of global    destruction of life and civilization. Broadly speaking, terrorism as political violence is born and bred by political ideology, religious fundamentalism, socio-economic inequalities and injustices, ethno-cultural separatism etC.Such movements, overtly and covertly, are supported   by states, ideological   groups, ethnic    populations, drug   magnates etc. It   has emerged as a very complex multi-layered phenomenon which poses a serious challenge to international security. 

  • Summerhill, (December)
    Vol 4 No 2 (1998)
  • SummerHill, (November)
    Vol 3 No 2 (1997)
  • Summerhill, (February)
    Vol 3 No 1 (1997)

    The Institute signifies, whatever its imperfections, the deepest intellectual aspirations of independent India. We  wonder what the decision,in the fiftieth year of India's independence, to throw the Institute out of its present home signifies. Are we to believe that the days are gone when the head of the republic so passionately identified himself with the pursuit of knowledge and truth in its basic sense, and dedicated the Rashtrapati Nivas to a more fruitful pursuit than 'merely the pastime of the President', and that too for no more than 'ten days in a year.

  • Summerhill, (June)
    Vol 4 No 1 (1998)
  • SummerHill, (February)
    Vol 2 No 1 (1996)

    With this issue, Summerhill will be completillg the first two years of its existence. "These were years of challenge and often frustration, but never dull years for the editor and his colleagues. In these years we managed to transform the in-house journal into something larger and wider in scope, aiming at the wider world of scholarship and learning. This was the task envisioned by the Institute's Governing Body and the Director and we succeeded to a reasonable extent in carrying it out. It now provides space for meaningful discussion of issues of contemporary or peremtial significance through the review of books. Its pages were Editor initially restricted to the review of books published by the Institute done by reputed K. Raghavendra Rao outside scholars and the review of books published outside done by our own Fellow.

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