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 4: Terror, Politics, and the Subject
Terror, Politics, and the Subject
In the preceding three chapters I explained what can be considered as the fundamental gradient in the emergence of the political subject, namely an emphasis on actions, hence the evolution of a commensurate theory of action, and consequently a unique ability of the subject to combine death and dialogue as ...