Modernity, its Pathologies and Reenchantments: Book Discussion

Book discussion on ‘Modernity, its Pathologies and Reenchantments’, edited by Shail Mayaram. It was chaired by Ravi Sundaram. The panelists included Dipesh Chakrabarty and Shankar Ramaswami.


Modernity, its Pathologies and Reenchantments is a tribute to one of the most creative and courageous contemporary Indian intellectuals, Ashis Nandy. It celebrates his contribution as a theorist, particularly his exploration of the modern self. As an intellectual, Nandy’s focus has been on the pathologies of modernity, but his work also allows us to visualise a different future. It is this duality that the volume highlights: the essays discuss the problems and pathologies of modernity, while also providing sources of enchantments and reenchantment that show us alternative pathways to the desacralisation and disenchantment in the world, both for our present and possible futures.

Shail Mayaram is Honorary Fellow at the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, Delhi.

Dipesh Chakrabarty is Lawrence A. Kimpton Distinguished Service Professor of History and South Asian Studies at the University of Chicago.

Shankar Ramaswami is Associate Professor and Executive Director, Centre for Justice Studies, O.P. Jindal Global University.

Ravi Sundaram is Professor at the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, Delhi.

Friday, 9 April 2021, 8 pm, Zoom