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The discursive geography of Upanishads charted in this stimulating work of M. Muralidharan deconstructs the standard oppositions of intellectual history : materialism vs idealism, subjective vs objective and transcendental vs immanent. In an exhaustive review of the Indological, nationalist, Marxist and post-marxist literature on Upanishads, Muralidharan exposes the tendency to reproduce the stereotype of the orient persisting in them. Through an elaborate study of the textual domain of Upanishads, rich in detail and penetrating in analysis, this work captures hitherto unrevealed, heterogenous orders of discourse.
"Philosophising-certainly its otherworldly variety-was seen not as an activity but as very much an attribute of the Indian mind. A Slight Twist to this left-handed compliment was sufficient to make this sound like some kind of a disease; not intrinsically different from wool-gathering. We should know that these were part of a whole set of oppositions within which orientalism operated, fundamental to which was the one between East and West.'
M MURALIDHARAN (1-6-1958 - 1-12-1995), was awarded PhD by the University of Calicut, Kerala) for his doctoral thesis A Study of the Social and Ideological Implications of the Student-Teacher Discourses in the Upanishads, a few weeks before his untimely death in 1995. Was a faculty member at School of Social Sciences (mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam). Presented and Published papers and monographs on issues related to communalism, community formation, nation state, Political economy of sports etc.