Select Bibligoraphy, 1979-1998, of the Writings of Ashis Nandy, with more select additions of items published from 1998-2002

Compiled by Vinay Lal, UCLA

The following abbreviations have been used in the bibliography:

AEP At the Edge of Psychology (1980)
DK Dissenting Knowledges, Open Futures (2000)
SF The Savage Freud (1995)
TW Time Warps (2001)
TTU Traditions, Tyranny, and Utopias (1987)

“Emancipating Science.” In Science and Technology and Future. Edited by Buchholz and Wolfgang Gmelin. Muchen: K. G. Saur, 1979. Also in Seminar, no. 238 (June 1979):33-36.

“Herbert Marcuse: Metapsychologist — A Tribute.” Alternatives 5, 3 (November 1979).

Alternative Sciences: Creativity and Authenticity in Two Indian Scientists. New Delhi: Allied Publishers, 1980; new ed., New Delhi: Oxford UP, 1995.

At the Edge of Psychology: Essays in Politics and Culture. Delhi: Oxford UP, 1980; paperback ed. published as Oxford India Paperback, 1990. Includes the following essays: “Sati: A Nineteenth Century Tale of Women, Violence and Protest”, pp. 1-31; “Woman versus Womanliness in India: An Essay in Cultural and Political Psychology”, pp. 32-46; “The Making and Unmaking of Political Cultures in India”, pp. 47-69; “Final Encounter: The Politics of the Assassination of Gandhi”, pp. 70-98; “Adorno in India: Revisiting the Psychology of Fascism”, pp. 99-111; and “Indira Gandhi and the Culture of Indian Politics”, pp. 112-30.

“Woman Versus Womanliness”, published in Indian Women: From Purdah to Modernity, ed. B. R. Nanda (New Delhi: Vikas Publishing House, 1976), pp. 146-60. Also published in AEP, pp. 32-47.

“The Popular Hindi Film: Ideology and First Principles.” India International Centre Quarterly 8, 1 (1980):89-96; reprinted as “The Supermarket of Dreams”, The Illustrated Weekly of India (16 March 1986):48, 50-51.

“A Post-colonial View of the East and the West.” Alternatives 8, 1 (March 1982):25-48.

“Science for the Unafraid.” Deccan Herald (30 May 1982); also in Mainstream, 26 June 1982; translated into Tamil by K. Manoharan, in Vinayana Manobhava (Madras: Lokayan, 1982).

The Intimate Enemy: Loss and Recovery of Self Under Colonialism. New Delhi: Oxford UP, 1983; paperback ed., 1988; translated into Gujarati as Antarang Ari, tr. Tridip S. Dave (Ahmedabad: Behavioural Sciences Centre, 1991), and into Hindi as Antaranga Shatru, tr. Pawan Agarwal, forthcoming.

“Towards an Alternative Politics of Psychology.” International Social Science Journal 35, 2 (1983):323-38.

“Culture, State and the Rediscovey of Indian Politics.” EPW 19, 49 (8 Dec. 1984):2078-2083.

“Reconstructing Childhood: A Critique of the Ideology of Adulthood.” Alternatives 10, 3 (Sept. 1984):359-75; revised version published in TTU, pp. 56-76. Earlier and briefer versions published in Times of India, 2-4 February 1982.

“An anti-secularist manifesto.” Seminar, no. 314 (October 1985):1-12.

“The Bomb.” Illustrated Weekly of India (4 August 1985).

“The Shadow State.” Illustrated Weekly of India (24 Feb. 1985):20-23.

“The Idea of Development: The Experience of Modern Psychology as a Cautionary Tale.” In Human Development in Its Social Context: A Collective Exploration. Edited by Carlos Malmann and Oscar Nudler. London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1986. Earlier and shorter version first published in Times of India, July 5 and 6, 1983.

“Ranji, Cricket and Nationalism.” The Sunday Statesman Miscellany (16 February 1986):1-4.

“The Sociology of Sati.” Indian Express (5 October 1987).

“An Intelligent Critic’s Guide to Indian Cinema.” Deep Focus, Pt. I, “The Cultural Matrix of the Popular Film”, 1, 1 (Dec. 1987): 68-72; Pt. II, 1, 2 (June 1988):53-60; Pt. III, “The Double in Commercial Films”, 1, 3 (Nov. 1988):58-61; all parts published together in SF, pp. 196-236.

“Cultural Frames for Social Transformation: A Credo.” Alternatives 12 (1987):113-23. Also published in Political Discourse: Explorations in Indian and Western Political Thought, eds. Bhikhu Parekh and Thomas Pantham (New Delhi: Sage, 1987), and as “Winners and Victims” in Development, no. 1 (1987). Earlier version published as “Cultural Frames for Social Intervention: A Personal Credo”, Indian Philosophical Quarterly 11, no. 4 (October 1984).

“Development and Authoritarianism: An Epitaph on Social Engineering.” Lokayan Bulletin 5, 1 (1987):39-50; also published in Journal fur Entwicklungspolitik 1 (1987).

Traditions, Tyranny and Utopias: Essays in the Politics of Awareness. New Delhi: Oxford UP, 1987; paperback ed., 1992. Includes the following essays: “Evaluating Utopias: Considerations for a Dialogue of Cultures and Faiths”, pp. 1-19; “Towards a Third World Utopia”, pp. 20-55; “Reconstructing Childhood: A Critique of the Ideology of Adulthood”, pp. 56-76; “The Traditions of Technology”, pp. 77-94; “Science, Authoritarianism and Culture: On the Scope and Limits of Isolation Outside the Clinic”, pp. 95-126; and “From Outside the Imperium: Gandhi’s Cultural Critique of the West”, pp. 127-62.

“The Human Factor.” Illustrated Weekly of India (17 January 1988):20-23.

“Science in Utopia: Equity, Plurality and Openness.” In Social Reality: Perspectives and Understanding. Edited by Janak Pandey. New Delhi: Concept, 1988. Earlier version in Indian International Centre Quarterly 10, 1 (1983).

“After the Raj.” Seminar, no. 361 (Sept. 1989):26-31.

“The Home and the World.” Illustrated Weekly of India (30 July 1989):48-51.

“Collapse of a World-View.” Indian Express (29 July 1989).

“The Political Culture of the Indian State.” Daedalus (Fall 1989):1-26.

“Shamans, Savages and the Wilderness: On the Audibility of Dissent and the Future of Civilizations.” Alternatives 14 (1989):263-77; portions published as “Liberation for Those who do not Speak the Language of Liberation.” In The Theory and Practice of Liberation at the End of the Twentieth Century. Brussels: The Lelio Basso Foundation for the Rights and the Liberation of Peoples, 1988.

The Tao of Cricket: On Games of Destiny and the Destiny of Games. New Delhi: Viking and Penguin, 1989.

“The Discreet Charms of Indian Terrorism.” The Journal of Commonwealth and Comparative Politics 12 (1990):25-43. Also published in SF, pp. 1-31.

“Dialogue and the Diaspora.” Interview with Nikos Papastergiadis. Third Text 11 (Summer 1990).

“The Politics of Secularism and the Recovery of Religious Tolerance.” In Mirrors of Violence: Communities, Riots and Survivors in South Asia, pp. 69-93. Edited by Veena Das. Delhi: Oxford UP, 1990. Also reprinted in The Book Review 14, 6 (Nov.-Dec. 1990):23-29; in Sovereignty in the World System: Contending Conceptions in Changing Global Order (Boulder, Colorado: Lynne Rienner, 1989); and as a publication of the Rajiv Gandhi Institute for Contemporary Studies, New Delhi, Paper No. 29 (1995), with a response by Akeel Bilgrami. Earlier version published as “The Fate of Secularism”, in Forum Gazette, 1 and 16 July 1986, and in The Illustrated Weekly of India (20 July 1986).

“Satyajit Ray’s Secret Guide to Exquistite Murders: Creativity, Social Criticism, and the Partitioning of the Self.” East-West Film Journal 4, 2 (1990):14-37. Also published in SF, pp. 237-266.

“Hinduism versus Hindutva: The Inevitability of a Confrontation.” Times of India (18 Feb. 1991).

“The remembered city.” Seminar, no. 379 (March 1991):43-47.

“Terrorism Indian Style.” Indian Express (Sunday) Magazine (7 April 1991:1ff. Longer version published as “Terrorism — Indian Style”, Seminar, no. 401 (January 1993):35-41, and in the series “Hull Papers in Politic” (University of Hull, 1992).

“Images of the Indian State.” In The State in Crisis: Dr. Mohan Sinha Mehta Memorial Lectures. Edited by P. S. Sundaram. Bombay: Somaiya Publications, 1992.

“Irresistibly of crime fiction.” Hindu Sunday Magazine (5 July 1992), p. XIV.

“Irrationally Yours.” The Sunday Observor Colour Magazine (15-21 November 1992), ‘Life’ Section, p. 1.

“In the Name of God.” The Sunday Observor Colour Magazine (6-12 Dec. 1992), ‘Life’ Section, p. 1.

“The Other Within: The Strange Case of Radhabinod Pal’s Judgment on Culpability.” New Literary History 23, 1 (Winter 1992):45-67. Also published in SF, pp. 53-80.

“Secularism.” Seminar, no. 394 (June 1992):29-30.

“State.” In The Development Dictionary: A Guide to Knowledge and Power, ed., Wolfgang Sachs (London: Zed Books, 1992):264-74.

“Why Is sport no longer cricket?” The Hindu (6 December 1992).

“Oh What a Lovely Science.” Z Papers 11, no. 4 (July-October 1993).

“A Trialgoue as a Foreword”, foreword to Makarand Paranjape, Decolonization and Development: Hind Svaraj Revisioned (New Delhi: Sage Publications, 1993):7-13.

“Culture, Voice and Development: A Primer for the Unsuspecting.” Thesis Eleven, no. 39 (1994):1-18.

The Illegitimacy of Nationalism: Rabindranath Tagore and the Politics of Self. New Delhi: Oxford UP, 1994; portion previously published as “The Fear of Nationalism”, Yatra 2, ed. Alok Bhalla (New Delhi: HarperCollins, 1994):3-18.

“Sati as Profit Versus Sati as a Spectacle: The Public Debate on Roop Kanwar’s Death.” In Sati, the Blessing and the Curse: The Burning of Wives in India, ed. John Stratton Hawley (New York: Oxford UP, 1994):13-159. Also published as “Sati in Kali Yuga: The Public Debate on Roop Kanwar’s Death”, in SF, pp. 32-52.

“The Fear of Gandhi: Nathuram Godse and His Successors.” Times of India (27 April 1994).

“Sudden Death.” Sunday Times of India (10 July 1994), p. 16.

“Sugar in History: An Obituary of the Humble Jaggery.” Times of India (16 July 1994).

“Philosophy of Coca-Cola: The Simple Joy of Living.” Times of India (27 August 1994); slightly revised version published in Emergences, nos. 7-8 (1995-96):207-210 and in DK, pp. 201-4.

“Value of Politics: The Greedy Road to Success.” Times of India (10 September 1994).

“Fear in the Air: The Inner Demons of Society.” Times of India (14 October 1994). Slightly revised version published as “The Fear of Plague: The Inner Demons of a Society”, in Emergences, nos. 7-8 (1995-96):211-14, and in DK, pp. 205-8.

“Violence in Our Times: In Search of Total Control.” Times of India (29 October 1994).

“Culture as Resistance: Violence, Victimhood and Voice.” Times of India (10 December 1994).

“Human Rights Today: View from The West and East.” Times of India (28 December 1994).

“Development and Violence [pamphlet].” Trier: Zentrum fur europaische Studien, Universitat Trier, 1995.

“History’s Forgotten Doubles.” History and Theory, Theme Issue 34: World Historians and Their Critics (1995):44-66; reprinted in Philip Pomper, Richard H. Elphick, and Richard T. Vann, eds., World History: Ideologies, Structures, and Identities (Oxford: Basil Blackwell, 1998), pp. 159-78.

Ashis Nandy: A Reader, ed. D. R. Nagaraj (in Kannada). Heggodu, Karnataka: Akshara Prakashana, 1995. Akshara Chintana series.

The Savage Freud and Other Essays in Possible and Retrievable Selves. New Delhi: Oxford UP, 1995; Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1995. Includes the essays: “The Discreet Charms of Indian Terrorism”, pp. 1-31; “Sati in Kali Yuga: The Public Debate on Roop Kanwar’s Death”, pp. 32-51; “The Other Within: The Strange Case of Radhabinod Pal’s Judgement on Culpability”, pp. 53-80; “The Savage Freud: The First Non-Western Psychoanalyst and the Politics of Secret Selves in Colonial India”, pp. 81-144; “Modern Medicine and Its Nonmodern Critics: A Study in Discourse”, pp. 145-95; “An Intelligent Critic’s Guide to Indian Cinema”, pp. 196-236; and “Satyajit Ray’s Secret Guide to Exquisite Murders: Creativity, Social Criticism, and the Partioning of the Self”, pp. 237-266.

“Popular Cinema: A Slum’s Eye View of Indian Politics.” Times of India (9 January 1995).

“The Future University.” Seminar, no. 425 (January 1995):95-96.

“And just how evil is our neighbour?”, Sunday Times of India (29 January 1995), “Insight”, p. 3.

“Popular Cinema: The Politics of Triviality.” Times of India (2 February 1995).

“Culture of Consumerism: Targeting the Lonely Individual.” Times of India (6 March 1995).

“Responses to Development: Dissent and Cultural Destruction.” Times of India (15 April 1995).

“Depressing Prognosis: Redefining the Indian State.” Times of India (15 May 1995).

“Emergency Remembered: Standing up to be Counted.” Times of India (22 June 1995).

“Hindi Cinema and Half-Forgotten Dialects: An Interview with Ashis Nandy.” By Christopher Pinney. Visual Anthropology Review 11, no. 2 (Fall 1995):7-16.

“Gandhi after Gandhi: The Fate of Dissent in our Times”, The Times of India (30 January 1996); expanded version in The Little Magazine, May 2000, pp. 38-41; briefer version in New Internationalist, no. 338 (September 2001).

“Future of Poverty: Development and Destitution.” Times of India (16 February 1996).

“Bearing Witness to the Future.” Futures 28, nos. 6-7 (August-September 1996):636-39; shorter version published as “Can future studies create opportunities for dissent?”, Futures Bulletin 22, no. 3 (September 1996):1, 15-16.

“Bashiruddin Ahmed: A scholar of Indian democracy [Obituary].” Times of India (14 September 1996).

“Satyajit Ray’s India.” Deep Focus: A Film Quarterly (Bangalore) 6 (1996):32-38.

“Human Rights and Western Dominance”, in Chandra Muzaffar, ed., Human Wrongs: Reflections on Western Global Dominance and its Impact Upon Human Rights. Penang: Just World Trust, 1996.

“Themes of State, History, and Exile in South Asian Politics: Modernity and the Landscape of Clandestine and Incommunicable Selves”, Emergences, nos. 7-8 (1995-96):104-25; also published in Ahmed Samatar, ed., The Divided Self (St Paul, Minn: Macalester College, 1997), in DK, pp. 151-75; and portions excerpted as “Uprooting and the Future Landscape of Clandestine Selves”, The Telegraph, January 2000.

“Modern Science and Authoritarianism: From Objectivity to Objectification.” Bulletin Sci. Tech. Soc. 17, no. 1 (1997):8-12.

“The Twilight of Certitudes: Secularism, Hindu Nationalism, and Other Masks of Deculturation.” Alternatives 22, no. 2 (April-June 1997):157-76; revised version also published in Patricia Uberoi, Veena Das and Dipankar Gupta, eds., Tradition, Pluralism and Identity: In Honour of T. N. Madan (New Delhi: Sage, 1999), pp. 401-19.

“A Report on the Present State of Health of the Gods and Goddesses in South Asia.” Manushi, no. 99 (March-April 1997): 5-9; revised version in Postcolonial Studies 4, no. 2 (July 2001), pp. 1125-42.

“The Fantastic India-Pakistan Battle; Or the Future of the Past in South Asia.” Emergences, nos. 7-8 (1995-96), pp. 155-67; also in Futures 29, no. 10 (December 1997):909-18, and in DK, pp. 186-200.

“The Future of Dissent.” Seminar, no. 460 (December 1997):42-45; also published in Ziauddin Sardar (ed.), Rescuing All Our Futures: The Future of Futures Studies (New York: Adamantine Press, 1999).

“Consumerism: Its hidden beauties and politics.” Development 41, no. 1 (1998):58-60.

“Contending Stories in the Culture of Indian Politics: Traditions and the Future of Democracy”, in A. Paccini, ed., India Contemporanea (Turin: Fondazione Giovanni Agnelli, 1998), pp. 1-20 [in Italian]; also in V. A. Pai Panandikar and Ashis Nandy, ed., Contemporary India (New Delhi: Tata-McGraw Hill, 1999), pp. 297-317.

“Defining a New Cosmopolitanism: Towards a Dialogue of Asian Civilisations”, in Kuan-Hsing Chen, ed., Trajectories: Inter-Asia Cultural Studies, pp. 142-9. London: Routledge, 1998.

Exiled at Home: Comprising At the Edge of Psychology, The Intimate Enemy, and Creating a Nationality. [Omnibus Volume.] Introduction by D. R. Nagaraj. Delhi: Oxford University Press, 1998.

“The Epidemic of Nuclearism: A Clinical Profile of the Genocidal Mentality.” WFSF [World Futures Studies Federation] Bulletin 24, no. 3 (September 1998):12-13. Also published in Times of India (July 1998), in Himal, July 1998; and in Zian Mian and Ashis Nandy, Nuclear (Colombo: Regional Centre for Strategic Studies, 1998); and in OneWorld Supersite[]; and Smitu Kothari and Zia Mian (eds.), Out of the Nuclear Shadow (Delhi: Lokayan and Rainbow, London: Zed Books, 2001), pp. 199-200.

“Beyond the Nuclear Age: The Future of Futurelessness”, in Yoshikaju Sakamoto (ed.), The Post-Nuclear Age (Tokyo: Asahi Shimbhum, 1999; in Japanese).

“Eqbal Ahmed: An Obituary and a Tribute”, Himal and Newsletter of the Regional Centre for Strategic Studies, June 1999.

“Nostalgia Isn’t What it Used to Be”, Review essay on Michael Foot, Dr Strangelove, I Presume (London: Victor Gollancz, 1999), in The Little Magazine 1, no. 5 (November-December 2000), pp. 10-13.

“Time Travel to a Possible Self: Searching for the Alternative Cosmopolitanism of Cochin”, Japanese Journal of Political Science 1, no. 2 (December 2000), pp. 293-327; also included in TW, pp. 157-209. Also published earlier in Kayoko Tatsumi (ed.), Multiculturalism: Modes of Coexistence in South and Southeast Asia (Washington, SPF, 1998), pp. 7-47; also in Darini Rajasingham (ed.), Multiculturalism and Modes of Coexistence and Conflict in Asia (New Delhi: Sage, forthcoming).

Dissenting Knowledges, Open Futures: The Multiple Selves and Strange Destinations of Ashis Nandy, ed. Vinay Lal. Delhi: Oxford UP, 2000; earlier version of this book published as Special Issue of Emergences, nos. 7-8 (1995-96): “Plural Worlds, Multiple Selves: Ashis Nandy and the Post-Columbian Future”.

An Ambiguous Journey to the City: The Village and Other Odd Ruins of the Self in the Indian Imagination. Delhi: Oxford UP, 2001.

“Breakfast with Evil”, foreword to Vijay Tendulkar, The Last Days of Sardar Patel and The Mime Players (New Delhi: Permanent Black, 2001), pp. viii-xi.

“Reimagining India’s Present”, in the series on “My Vision of the Future”, Manushi, no. 103 (March-April 2001), pp. 17-20.

“Neelan Tiruchelvam, A Tribute”, The Sunday Observer (29 July 2001).

Time Warps: The Insistent Politics of Silent and Evasive Pasts. Delhi: Permanent Black, 2001; London: C. Hurst, 2002; Princeton UP, 2002. Includes “Contending Stories in the Culture of Indian Politics: Traditions and the Future of Democracy”, pp. 13-25; “Democratic Culture and Images of the State: India’s Unending Ambivalence”, pp. 36-60; “The Politics of Secularism and the Recovery of Religious Tolerance”, pp. 61-88; “Coping with the Politics of Faith and Cultures: Between Secular State and Ecumenical Traditions in India”, pp. 89-128; “A Report on the Present State of Health of the Gods and Goddesses in South Asia”, pp. 129-156; “Time Travel to a Possible Self: Searching for the Alternative Cosmopolitanism of Cochin”, pp. 157-209; and “Violence and Creativity in the Late Twentieth Century: Rabindranath Tagore and the Problem of Testimony”, pp. 210-234.

“The Twentieth Century: The Ambivalent Homecoming of Homo Psychologicus”, in Hitotshubashi Journal of Social Studies 33, no. 1 (July 2001), pp. 21-33.

Death of an Empire.” Sarai Reader, no. 2 (2002):14-21.

“Laughter in a Mortuary”, Foreword to O.V. Vijayan, A Cartoonist Remembers (New Delhi: Rupa, 2002), pp. 7-11.

“Obituary of a Culture”, Seminar, no. 513 (May 2002), pp. 15-18.

“Unclaimed Baggage: Closing the Debate on Secularism.” The Little Magazine 3, no. 2 (2002):14-19.

Edited Works

(Ed.) Science, Hegemony and Violence: A Requiem for Modernity. Tokyo: United Nations University; New Delhi: Oxford UP, 1988; paperback ed., 1990. Includes “Introduction: Science as a Reason of State”, pp. 1-23. [Review by T. G. Vaidyanathan in Lokayan Bulletin 7, 1 (Jan.-Feb. 1989):71-76.]

(Ed.) The Secret Politics of Our Desires: Innocence, Culpability and Indian Popular Cinema (London: Zed Press, and New Delhi: Oxford UP, 1998). Includes “Introduction: Indian Popular Cinema as a Slum’s Eye View of Politics”, pp. 1-18.

(Ed. with D. L. Sheth). The Multiverse of Democracy: Essays in Honour of Rajni Kothari (New Delhi: Sage Publications, 1996).

Co-authored Works

Comparative Electoral Systems: Report of a Non-Governmental Group on Bangladesh (with Fakruddin Ahmed, Yadunath Khanal, Izlal Haider Zaidi, and Jeevan Thiagarajah). Colombo: International Centre for Ethnic Studies, 1990.

“A New Kind of Rioting” (with Veena Das). The Illustrated Weekly of India (23 Dec. 1984).

“Violence, victimhood, and the language of silence” (with Veena Das). Contributions to Indian Sociology 19, 1 (Jan.-June 1985):177-95. Reprinted in The Word and the World: Fantasy, Symbol and Record. Edited by Veena Das. New Delhi: Sage, 1986.

“Only Widows and Orphans Left” (with Veena Das, R. K. Das, and Manoranjan Mohanty). Indian Express (16 Nov. 1984); also published in Hindi in Jansatta (19 Nov. 1984).

“Culture and Personality in India” (with Sudhir Kakar). In A Survey of Research in Psychology, 1971-1976. Edited by Udai Pareekh. Bombay: Popular Prakashan, 1980.

“Modern Medicine and Its Non-Modern Critics: A Study in Discourse” (with Shiv Viswanathan). In Dominating Knowledges, eds. Frederique A. and Steve Marglin (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1990):145-84.

Report of the SAARC-NGO Observer Mission to National Assembly Elections, Pakistan — 1990 (with Dorab Patel, K. Subhan, and others). Colombo: International Centre for Ethnic Studies, 1992.

The Blinded Eye: 500 Years of Christopher Columbus (with Ziauddin Sardar, Claude Alvares, and Merryl Wyn Davies). Goa: The Other India Press; New York: Apex Press, 1993; another version (with Ziauddin Sardar and Merryl Wyn Davies) published as Barbaric Others: A Manifesto on Western Racism (London: Pluto Press; New York: Westview Press, 1993).

Creating a Nationality: The Ramjanmabhumi Movement and Fear of the Self (with Shikha Trivedy, Achut Yagnik and Shail Mayaram). New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 1995.

A Manifesto on Water, Power and People (with Imtiaz Ahmed and Ajaymani Dixit). Colombo: Regional Centre for Strategic Studies, 1996; also in Lokayan Bulletin, November-December 14, no. 3 (December 1997), pp. 67-76.

Ethnic Futures: The State and Identity Politics in Asia (with Joanna Pfaff-Czarnecka, Darini Rajasingham-Senanayake, and Edmund Terence Gomez. Delhi: Sage, 1999.