This volume brings together two decades of Rajeev Bhargava’s scholarship, reflection and writing on varied themes that are at once familiar to those who have known Bhargava’s work and also certain other themes that are novel in the sense that Bhargava brings his theoretical insights to bear on hard-headed political questions of the day.
Andre Beteille is one of India’s foremost sociologists, well known for his work on social inequality and institutions, and for his qualities as a teacher, always meticulous and eloquent, enthusiastic, supportive and generous with students, and ever ready for a good discussion and argument.
As with earlier works by the author, Writing The Self is a book that I read with avid interest. And having read the work it would be quite uncharitable of me not to admit that there is much on offer here. First, there is the sheer excitement of encountering the unusual: in this case, an autobiographical fragment written by a Baul.