Crafting Gentleness

Saturday, January 12, 2008

Listen Again (BBC Radio 3): Gandhi and Non-Violence

"... this month marks the anniversary of the assassination of Gandhi. But sixty years after his death, is his non-violent approach any longer of much use to oppressed groups? Kenan debates this with his studio guests, peace activist Scilla Elworthy and professor of political sciences, Bidyut Chakrabarty. Furthermore, the Slovenian philosopher Slavoj Zizek tells Kenan why he thinks that violence extends beyond the infliction of physical damage. ..."

Personally, I found the Zizek interview frustrating and largely a confirmation for me that Zizek tends not to speak an awful lot of sense. The rest of the conversation, once Zizek was left behind, was for me scintillating, insightful, and provocative (although the presenter didn't seem to me to be a very good listener).

(Thanks Paul)


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