From Gananath Obeyesekere

“A cops-and-robbers approach to history”- Review by Gananath Obeyesekere

Visakha Kumari Jayawardene. The Rise of the Labour Movement in Ceylon. Durham, N.C.: Duke University Press, 1972. Pp. 382. Review by Gananath Obeyesekere University of California, San Diego “The naive-Marxist view of the proletariat infuses the book in another way. The proletarians are the good guys, the British and the conservative Ceylonese elite (the ruling…

“How I became an Anthropologist” Prof. Gananath Obeyesekere

The keynote address delivered on sociology day in 2015 at the University of Peradeniya, and elsewhere published as In Praise of Foolishness (with Apologies to Erasmus).In this essay he reflects back on his own works. “In the more popular paper I argue that right thorough history literary chronicles refer to the king in heroic terms…

Sovereignty, Port City & The Dalai Lama – Gananath Obeyesekere

Several weeks ago I had the privilege of attending a conference organized by colleagues in the University of Delhi and presided by His Holiness Tenzin Gyatso, the Fourteenth Dalai Lama. The conference itself was on how children’s secular education could be transformed in order to bring in values of compassion and caring sorely lacking in…

Gananath Obeysekere on Ethics, Secularism and Institutions of Governance

The International Centre for Ethnic Studies and the Centre for Poverty Analysis conducted a roundtable discussion on “Ethics, Secularism, and Institutions of Governance” at the ICES Auditorium on November 27, 2013. The participants were: Professor Charles Taylor best known for his contributions to political philosophy, the philosophy of social science, and intellectual history, Professor Rajiv Bhargava Senior Fellow, Director at the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies in Delhi, and a noted Indian political theorist, widely recognized for his works on political theory , multiculturalism, identiry politics, and secularism. Prof. Gananath Obeysekere, Professor of Anthropology, Emeritus, Princeton University, responded…