02 May 2007
NEW BOOK BY INDIA'S BEST-KNOWN PUBLIC INTELLECTUAL
TIME TREKS: THE UNCERTAIN FUTURE OF OLD AND NEW DESPOTISMS, by Ashis Nandy
IN THIS companion to his earlier book Time Warps, Nandy uses the metaphor of the future—imagined utopias, conceptions of cultural possibilities, social critiques of things to come—and redefines the present. His effort is to demonstrate that, in a world increasingly dominated by a narrow range of ideologies, one must affirm that social ethics and a more humane society can be based on grounds other than those framed for the past 200 years by political and psychological forces that have tried to flatten and homogenize the world and reduced the possibility of diverse futures.
Hardback, Rs 495, 228 pages, for sale in South Asia only. (Published for the rest of the world by Seagull Books, London and New York.)