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Doing Development Research in Asia: Problems and Perspectives

Because the notion of ‘relevance’ is deeply context bound, I argue that we need to broaden our understanding of development to include ‘conditions for development’. In this paper, I reflect on the well-known adage about ‘give a fish’ and ‘teach to fish’ by adding the following: ‘create the conditions for fishing, we will fish forever’. […]

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The Colonial Construction of What?

This book critically assesses recent debates about the colonial construction of Hinduism. Increasingly scholars have come to realise that the dominant understanding of Indian culture and its traditions is unsatisfactory. According to the classical paradigm, Hindu traditions are conceptualized as features of a religion with distinct beliefs, doctrines, sacred laws and holy texts. Today, however, […]

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