This book is on the political subject, the conditions of its emergence, and the theoretical implications of this emergence, particularly the implications for our history. It seeks to change the way in which we understand our modern political history and the way in which it inquires into life, truth, and collective existence. The book not only marks by dense contentions different and varying histories of turbulent political moments in modern Indian history, but also presents a startling picture of the emergence of the political subject, which has been repeatedly sought to be brought under submission, but has repeatedly emerged as a mark of autonomy and agency in life.
- Section One: Situations
- Chapter 1: Death and Dialogue
- Chapter 2: The Impossibility of Settled Rule
- Chapter 3: The Singular Subject
- Chapter 4: Terror, Politics, and the Subject
- Chapter 5: What is Resistance?
- Chapter 6: A Rebel's Vision
- Section Two: Positions
- Chapter 7: The Labour of Memory
- Chapter 8: Towards a Theory of the Constituent Power
- Chapter 9: Possibilities of our Trans-National Citizenship
- Chapter 10: Empire, Globalisation, and the Subject