". . . But the past does not exist independently from the present. Indeed, the past is only past because there is a present, just as I can point to something over there only because I am here. But nothing is inherently over there or here. In that sense, the past has no content. The past -- or more accurately, pastness -- is a position. Thus, in no way can we identify the past as past." p. 15

". . . But we may want to keep in mind that deeds and words are not as distinguishable as often we presume. History does not belong only to its narrators, professional or amateur. While some of us debate what history is or was, others take it into their own hands." p. 153

Silencing the Past: Power and the Production of History (1995) by Michel-Rolph Trouillot

Friday, November 28, 2008


A lot of Indian blogs are not accessible. One of the things I've like very much about blogspot is the circle of young Indians blogging there, as well as individuals.

But here is another one, that's still up.

And this one too.


T. said...

Thanks for the Indian blog links.

Frank Partisan said...

I like this blog from India.

Some of the bloggers from India who come to my blog, are Naxalite supporters. The Naxalites are no bargain.

Foxessa said...

Ren -- that you believe extreme Islam is reactionary most people would agree with. All the militant religious movements are.

But one needs to accept that the larger milieu feeds their power and ideology too.

There is less and less of the imperial pie to go around as global warming and overpopulation takes its toll.

Love, C.