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Ashis Nandy (Prof.)

Ishtanam

I asked Prof.Nandy to write himself the term “personal god” in my notebook
in Sanskrit language but Latin characters. This is what he wrote !

I met Prof. Ashis Nandy at the World Public Forum “Dialogue of Civilizations” 2011 where he made a lecture.  I was intrigued by a Sanskrit word that he used to cover the concept of “Personal God”, so after the conference I asked him to write this word on a piece of paper:  Ishtanam.

Guess how Hungarians say “my God” ? : Istenem (pronounced: ishtenem). Interesting, isn’t it ?

Ashis Nandy (Bengali: আশীষ নন্দী) (born 1937) is an Indian political psychologist, a social theorist, and a contemporary cultural and political critic. A trained sociologist and clinical psychologist, his body of work covers a variety of topics, including public conscience, mass violence, and dialogues of civilizations.

Nandy had received the Fukuoka Asian Culture Prize in 2007. In 2008 he appeared on the list of the Top 100 Public Intellectuals Poll of the Foreign Policy magazine, published by The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Nandy has coauthored a number of human rights reports and is active in movements for peace, alternative sciences and technologies, and cultural survival. He is a member of the Executive Councils of theWorld Futures Studies Federation, the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative, the International Network for Cultural Alternatives to Development, and the People’s Union for Civil Liberties.

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Through his prolific writing and other activities supported by his belief in non-violence, Professor Nandy has offered penetrating analysis from different angles of a wide range of problems such as political disputes and racial conflicts, and has made suggestions about how human beings can exist together, and together globally, irrespective of national boundaries.

Publications

  • 1978 – The New Vaisyas: Entrepreneurial Opportunity and Response in an Indian City. Raymond Lee Owens and Ashis Nandy. Bombay: Allied, 1977. Durham, NC: Carolina Academic P, 1978.
  • 1980 – At the Edge of Psychology: Essays in Politics and Culture. Delhi: Oxford UP, 1980. Delhi; Oxford: Oxford UP, 1990.
  • 1980 – Alternative Sciences: Creativity and Authenticity in Two Indian Scientists. New Delhi: Allied, 1980. Delhi: Oxford UP, 1995.
  • 1983 – The Intimate Enemy: Loss and Recovery of Self Under Colonialism. Delhi: Oxford UP, 1983. Oxford: Oxford UP, 1988.
  • 1983 – Science, Hegemony and Violence: A Requiem for Modernity. Ed. Ashis Nandy. Tokyo, Japan: United Nations University, 1988. Delhi: Oxford UP, 1990.
  • 1987 – Traditions, Tyranny, and Utopias: Essays in the Politics of Awareness. Delhi; New York: Oxford UP, 1987. New York: Oxford UP, 1992.
  • 1987 – Science, Hegemony and Violence: A Requiem for Modernity. Ed. Ashis Nandy. Tokyo, Japan: United Nations University, 1988. Delhi: Oxford UP, 1990.Traditions, Tyranny, and Utopias: Essays in the Politics of Awareness. Delhi; New York: Oxford UP, 1987. New York: Oxford UP, 1992.
  • 1988 – Science, Hegemony and Violence: A Requiem for Modernity. Ed. Ashis Nandy. Tokyo, Japan: United Nations University, 1988. Delhi: Oxford UP, 1990.
  • 1989 – The Tao of Cricket: On Games of Destiny and the Destiny of Games. New Delhi; New York: Viking, 1989. New Delhi; New York: Penguin, 1989.
  • 1993 – Barbaric Others: A Manifesto on Western Racism. Merryl Wyn Davies, Ashis Nandy, and Ziauddin Sardar. London; Boulder, CO: Pluto Press, 1993.
  • 1994 – The Illegitimacy of Nationalism: Rabindranath Tagore and the Politics of Self. Delhi; Oxford: Oxford UP, 1994.
  • 1994 – The Blinded Eye: Five Hundred Years of Christopher ColumbusClaude Alvares, Ziauddin Sardar, and Ashis Nandy. New York: Apex, 1994.
  • 1995 – The Savage Freud and Other Essays on Possible and Retrievable Selves. Delhi; London: Oxford UP, 1995. Princeton, NJ: Princeton UP, 1995.
  • 1995 – Creating a Nationality: the Ramjanmabhumi Movement and Fear of the Self. Eds. Ashis Nandy, Shikha Trivedy, and Achyut Yagnick. Delhi; Oxford: Oxford UP, 1995. New York: Oxford UP, 1996.
  • 1996 – The Multiverse of Democracy: Essays in Honour of Rajni Kothari. Eds. D.L. Sheth and Ashis Nandy. New Delhi; London: Sage, 1996.
  • 1999 – Editor, The Secret Politics of Our Desires: Innocence, Culpability and Indian Popular Cinema Zed: 1999. (also wrote introduction)
  • 2002 – Time Warps – The Insistent Politics of Silent and Evasive Pasts.
  • 2006 – Talking India: Ashis Nandy in conversation with Ramin Jahanbegloo. New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2006.
  • 2007 – TIME TREKS: The Uncertain Future of Old and New Despotisms. New Delhi: Permanent Black, 2007.
  • 2007 – A Very Popular Exile. New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2007.

Essays

  • Unclaimed Baggage, The Little Magazine
  • 1982 – The Psychology of Colonialism: Sex, Age, and Ideology in British India. Psychiatry 45 (Aug. 1982): 197-218.
  • 1983 – Towards an Alternative Politics of Psychology. International Social Science Journal 35.2 (1983): 323-38.
  • 1989 – The Fate of the Ideology of the State in India. The Challenge in South Asia: Development, Democracy and Regional Cooperation. Eds. Poona Wignaraja and Akmal Hussain. Thousand Oaks: Sage, 1989.
  • 1989 – The Political Culture of the Indian State. Daedalus 118.4 (Fall 1989): 1-26.
  • 1990 – Satyajit Ray’s Secret Guide. East-West Film Journal 4.2 (June 1990): 14-37.
  • 1991 – Hinduism Versus Hindutva: The Inevitability Of A Confrontation
  • 1993 – Futures Studies: Pluralizing Human Destiny. Futures 25.4 (May 1993): 464-65.
  • 1994 – Tagore and the Tiger of Nationalism. Times of India 4 Sept. 1994.
  • 1995 – History’s Forgotten Doubles. History & Theory 34.2 (1995): 44-66.
  • 1996 – Bearing Witness to the Future. Futures 28.6-7 (Aug. 1996): 636-39.
  • 1999 – Indian Popular Cinema as a Slum’s Eye View of Politics. The Secret Politics of Our Desires: Innocence, Culpability and Indian Popular Cinema. Zed: 1999. 1-18. (also editor)
  • 2002 – Obituary Of A Culture
  • 2004 – A Billion Gandhis
  • 2006 – Cuckoo over the cuckoo’s nest Tehelka
  • 2007 – What fuels Indian Nationalism? Tehelka

2009 – The Hour Of The Untamed Cosmopolitan TehelkaPartition And The Fantasy Of A Masculine State The Times of India