Padmanabhan, Sudarsan

Sudarsan Padmanabhan: Theory as Elite: The Phenomenological Dilemma of Dalit Critique, pp. 117-136

In recent debates on the theoretical framework of social sciences, Indian political scientist Go-pal Guru mounted a critique that Indian social science is not representative and egalitarian. In the same breath, Gopal Guru sought to rationalise this lacuna. Guru claimed that the works of Dalit scholars and thinkers are more performance-oriented and less theoretical. This paper would raise several issues with reference to Gopal Guru’s claims: Does theory belong to an elite category?

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