Oxford University Press launches Ashis Nandy: A Life in Dissent


L-R: Ananya Vajpaye, Soli Sarabjee, Ashis Nandy, T.N Madan, Ramin Jahanbegloo launching the book.

~edited by Ramin Jahanbegloo and Ananya Vajpeyi~

New Delhi, April 16, 2018: Oxford University Press, the world’s largest university press, launches ‘Ashis Nandy: A Life in Dissent’, edited by Ramin Jahanbegloo and Ananya Vajpeyi.

The book was launched in the presence of the eminent personalities including T. N. Madan, Professor Emeritus of Sociology at the Institute of Economic Growth, Delhi University, and Distinguished Senior Fellow (Adjunct), Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, Delhi; Soli Jehangir Sorabjee, an Indian jurist and former Attorney-General of India; Ramin Jahanbegloo, professor, Vice Dean and Executive Director of Mahatma Gandhi Centre for Peace Studies, O.P. Jindal Global University, Sonepat, Haryana and Ananya Vajpeyi, Fellow and Associate Professor at the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, New Delhi.

One of the foremost public intellectuals in Indian and global scholarship, a notable political psychologist, social theorist, and critic, Ashis Nandy has spent a lifetime exploring alternatives to the paradigms of modernity and thinking creatively about the future. Ashis Nandy: A Life in Dissent reflects his work as a thinker, his contributions towards evolving serious intellectual conversations, and his influence on more than two generations of public intellectuals, social activists, and academics worldwide.

This volume is a reflection on his work as a thinker, where noted social scientists, humanists, a novelist, and a musician—spanning generations and multiple nationalities—come together to celebrate the life and work of Nandy. They locate the key insights of his approach to human history and cultural diversity within the themes of the dynamic relationship between theory and practice, between social questioning and alternative knowledge-making. Through conversations and anecdotes, and an added personal touch by his brother Manish Nandy, the essays offer fine insights into the thoughts, writings, and life of the maverick called Ashis Nandy.

Monday, April 16, 2018