Anthropologist Among the Marxists: And Other Essays by Ramachandra Guha

By Ramachandra Guha

'Inside each pondering there's a Gandhian and a Marxist suffering for supremacy', says Ramachandra Guha within the starting sentence of this splendidly readable booklet of principles, reviews and reflections. a considerable part of the booklet expands in this salvo: it analyses Gandhians and psuedo-Gandhians, Marxists and anti-Marxists, Nehruvians and anti-secularists, democrats and Stalinists, scientists and historians, environmentalists and cricketers - briefly all those that contain the highbrow lifetime of pondering Indians at the present time.

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His wife came out to meet him. Then he went in with her. She was happy to see him. She was the village headman’s daughter, they say. In that village too, they were man and wife. And everything they gathered, he gathered as well. AFTER living there for a time, he began to dislike the entire country. Then his wife spoke to her father. And his father-in-law called the villagers in. » he asked. The loon said, �I will put him under my tail and dive right in front here. » They thought he was too weak to do it, they say.

Father hoisted the knapsack above the visitor’s head and took away a black cloak. The obscure figure gave one more shudder, as if to resettle its bones; now I could see, against the pale light, someone old and angular, someone bent over, his haggard weight bearing down on two sticks. “This way to the parlour,” Father said, turning to put the cloak and knapsack away in the hall closet. The stooped stranger, leaning on his walking sticks, confidently push-pulled, push-pulled himself into our parlour.

After travelling awhile, he started to hear a babbling sound. After travelling further, he came to a river. It was running high. Near it perched an eagle. A heron perched on the opposite bank. A kingfisher perched upstream. A black bear sat on the opposite bank, and he had no claws, they say. » Then, they say, the eagle did as he asked. Then and there the black bear got his claws. When the young man had been sitting there awhile, half of a person lurched by, leaning himself on a fishing spear. He had one leg and one arm, and his head was half a head.

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