Social Responsibility of Intellectuals in Building Counter‐Hegemonies Issa Shivji

Intellectuals pride themselves as producers of knowledge.  They  are  also articulators  of  ideologies,  a role  they  do  not  normally  acknowledge. Respectable universities worth the name call themselves sites of knowledge production. I say “respectable”  because  these  days  many  neo‐liberalised universities  have abandoned  the  role  of  knowledge  production  in  favour  of packaging  disparate information  and  branding  their  “products”  (students)  to make  them saleable  on the  market.  That is a story for another day.  Today I don’t want to talk about packaging factories.    Today  I  want  to  address those  intellectuals  who  still consider  themselves  producers  of  knowledge rather  than  assembly  line supervisors…

Sam, You live Issa Shivji

I come not to mourn you, Comrade. I'll shed no tear, my friend. I refuse to say 'pole', to say 'sorry'. Why should I? I refuse to bury you. How can I? For you live.           You live in me,           You live in many, across the globe,           Who loved you.           Whose lives you touched,           Whose hearts you cuddled,           Whose minds you tickled. I come to celebrate your living, Comrade. I'll toast to your Ideas, my friend. Over a glass of sahara, and a plate of 'nyama choma'. In Rose Garden, in Sao Paulo, in New Delhi. I'll sing praises of Sahara,…

The Mo Ibrahim Prize: Robbing Peter to pay Paul Issa Shivji

Punishment is to deter; often to take revenge. Reward is to encourage. Rewards can also be a recognition for outstanding, usually, individual achievements. Which acts are liable to punishment and which are rewarded depends on the dominant values of society. These can differ from society to society and from time to time within same society. Issues of democracy and dictatorship, of war and peace, of governance and state administration, do not fall within the realm of a system of punishment and rewards. Of course, victorious powers recognise their war heroes and vanquished bury their martyrs with honour. But then heroes…