Today we are once more at a time when lawless violence proliferates and territorial boundaries are infringed upon, when state leaders invoke “non-state actors” and argue for the need to respond in kind. Are new political formations taking shape in our midst, even as we defend the old order?Read the rest of Violence, publicity, and sovereignty.
Arvind Rajagopal is Professor of Media Studies in the Departments of Media, Culture and Communication, Sociology, and Social and Cultural Analysis at New York University. His writings include Politics After Television: Hindu Nationalism and the Reshaping of the Public in India (Cambridge, 2001), which won the Ananda Kentish Coomaraswamy Prize from the Association of Asian Studies, and The Indian Public Sphere: Structure and Transformation (Oxford, in press). Read Arvind Rajagopal's contributions to Reversal in the case of Tariq Ramadan and Mumbai revisited.