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.
Chapter 1: Death and Dialogue
Death and Dialogue
One of the forms in which the political subject emerges is in its dialogic role. Yet, as the agency of politics, the political subject not only dialogues, but also courts death. Is there a connection between these two functions or roles?
I shall begin this discussion on the political subject with four things of this ...