Gujarat Studies Association

Patron   

GSA is honoured and privileged to have the support and encouragement of Lord Professor Bhikhu Parekh.

Lord Prof. Bhikhu Parekh  

 

Lord Bhikhu Parekh was raised to the peerage as Baron Parekh, of Kingston upon Hull in the East Riding of Yorkshire in 2000.

 

His career achievements include being a Political tutor at the London School of Economics, a Politics lecturer at Glasgow University, and Professor of Political Theory at the University of Baroda.

 

Lord Parekh is a member of the Select Committee on Human Rights and is the Founding Member and Past President of the Research Committee on Political Philosophy of International Political Science Association.

 

Lord Parekh has worked with the Commission for Racial Equality as well as the Committee of Inquiry into Educational Problems of Ethnic Minority Children.

 

He is the author of many publications, including Marx’s Theory of Ideology (1982), Gandhi’s Political Philosophy (1989), Critical Assessments of Jeremy Bentham (1993, 4 vols), Rethinking Multiculturalism: cultural diversity and political theory (2000), The Parekh Report (2000).

 

(2008) A New Politics of Identity

 

‘In this wide-ranging and clearly-argued book, Bhikhu Parekh shows how identity lies at the heart of modern democratic politics, both domestically and on a global scale. His careful analysis and limpid style cast new light on on the most troubled issues of our time’

- Charles Taylor, McGill University

 

 

Rethinking Multiculturalism: Cultural Diversity and Political Theory, by Bhikhu Parekh. In this book Bhikhu Parekh shows that the Western tradition of political philosophy from Plato onwards has very limited theoretical resources to cope with cultural diversity. He then discusses how the Western tradition can be revised and what new conceptual tools are needed. The core of the book addresses the important theoretical questions raised by contemporary multicultural society, especially the nature and limits of intercultural equality and fairness, national identity, citizenship, and cross-cultural political discourse.

The Future of Multi-Ethnic Britain - The Parekh Report (1998-2000). The Commission on the Future of Multi-Ethnic Britain was set up in January 1998 by the Runnymede Trust, an independent think-tank devoted to the cause of promoting racial justice in Britain. The Commission's remit was to analyse the current state of multi-ethnic Britain and propose ways of countering racial discrimination and disadvantage and making Britain a confident and vibrant multicultural society at ease with its rich diversity. It was made up of 23 distinguished individuals drawn from many community backgrounds and different walks of life, and with a long record of active academic and practical engagement with race-related issues in Britain and elsewhere. They brought to their task different views and sensibilities and, after a good deal of discussion, reached a consensus. The report is the product of their two years of deliberation.

Gandhi: A Very Short Introduction. In Gandhi , a short introduction to Gandhi's life and thought, Bhikhu Parekh outlines both Gandhi's major philosophical insights and the limitations of his thought. Written with extensive access to Gandhi's writings in Indian languages to which most commentators have little or no access, Parekh looks at Gandhi's cosmocentric anthropology, his spiritual view of politics, and his theories of oppression, non-violent action, and active citizenship. He also considers how the success of Gandhi's principles were limited by his lack of coherent theories of evil, and of state and power. Gandhi's view of man as ascetic allows no room for expressions of the cultural, artistic, or intellectual. Furthermore, he was so hostile to modern civilization that he was unable to appreciate its complex dialectic or offer a meaningful narrative.

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