Decolonisation

Recovering An Indigenous Knowledge System & Overcoming the Colonising Mind

Re-establishing India’s Knowledge Systems 3rd Space: You said yesterday that you had discovered in your work with young people, that India has had two generations of brainwashing through the modern education system. And as a result, they have, to a greater or lesser degree, lost touch with, or been severed from, the wealth of Indian culture, its knowledge systems and

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The Colonising Mind and the Polycrisis – An Interview with Sashikala Ananth & Raghu Ananthanarayanan

The Birth of Two Revolutionary Educators 3rd Space: Welcome Sashi and Raghu. Can you briefly introduce yourselves and give some context for your work with young people. Sashi: Raghu and I came from very similar lifestyles and community in Chennai (Madras). We were both exposed to [Indian] traditional culture very early. We learned chanting in Sanskrit, we learned Tamil and

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A Value System is Not a Personal Opinion

In this video, Venkatesh Rajan, a former journalist, educator, thinker, and currently organic farmer, explores the impact colonial thinking and its legacy of imitation has had and continues to have on every aspect of Indian life – its culture and its economic, political and education systems. “How can a nation of imitators produce anything that is good or original?” he

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Racial Justice, Climate Activism, Self-Repair: building a new paradigm with Esther Stanford-Xosei

Planet Repair – Pre-Figuring a New World 3rd Space: Welcome to 3rd Space, Esther. I am going to dive straight in. (Smiles) Given the current systemic and existential crisis we’re facing globally through climate change and ecological breakdown, could you tell us about your work and how it relates to this crisis? Esther: That is a big question. But it’s an excellent

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Moving Beyond Empire

Sitting in the garden here in Cupar, drinking in this late September warmth, a familiar sound draws my gaze to the flight path above – not of aeroplanes, but wild geese wending their way south for winter. I love their dynamically shifting V-formations, supporting each other in their long journey home. The way they listen to the wind with their

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The Problem with Western Universalism (long read)

Part 1. The Sabarimala Temple Controversy In January 2019, I read two related articles in the media that immediately caught my attention, being a regular visitor to India. The first was in The Guardian. The headline read: “Indian Women Form 620 km Human Chain in Support of Lifting of Temple Ban”, accompanied by an image of a long line of women standing

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Spaces of Transformation – Epistemologies of the South

To Boaventura de Sousa Santos, understanding of the world far exceeds Western understanding of the world. Even though there is a growing recognition in the west of the cultural diversity of the world, he believes this does not extend to a recognition of the diversity of knowledge systems of the world.

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Recovering An Indigenous Knowledge System & Overcoming the Colonising Mind

Re-establishing India’s Knowledge Systems 3rd Space: You said yesterday that you had discovered in your work with young people, that India has had two generations of brainwashing through the modern education system. And as a result, they have, to a greater or lesser degree, lost touch with, or been severed from, the wealth of Indian culture, its knowledge systems and

Read More

The Colonising Mind and the Polycrisis – An Interview with Sashikala Ananth & Raghu Ananthanarayanan

The Birth of Two Revolutionary Educators 3rd Space: Welcome Sashi and Raghu. Can you briefly introduce yourselves and give some context for your work with young people. Sashi: Raghu and I came from very similar lifestyles and community in Chennai (Madras). We were both exposed to [Indian] traditional culture very early. We learned chanting in Sanskrit, we learned Tamil and

Read More

A Value System is Not a Personal Opinion

In this video, Venkatesh Rajan, a former journalist, educator, thinker, and currently organic farmer, explores the impact colonial thinking and its legacy of imitation has had and continues to have on every aspect of Indian life – its culture and its economic, political and education systems. “How can a nation of imitators produce anything that is good or original?” he

Read More

Racial Justice, Climate Activism, Self-Repair: building a new paradigm with Esther Stanford-Xosei

Planet Repair – Pre-Figuring a New World 3rd Space: Welcome to 3rd Space, Esther. I am going to dive straight in. (Smiles) Given the current systemic and existential crisis we’re facing globally through climate change and ecological breakdown, could you tell us about your work and how it relates to this crisis? Esther: That is a big question. But it’s an excellent

Read More

Moving Beyond Empire

Sitting in the garden here in Cupar, drinking in this late September warmth, a familiar sound draws my gaze to the flight path above – not of aeroplanes, but wild geese wending their way south for winter. I love their dynamically shifting V-formations, supporting each other in their long journey home. The way they listen to the wind with their

Read More

The Problem with Western Universalism (long read)

Part 1. The Sabarimala Temple Controversy In January 2019, I read two related articles in the media that immediately caught my attention, being a regular visitor to India. The first was in The Guardian. The headline read: “Indian Women Form 620 km Human Chain in Support of Lifting of Temple Ban”, accompanied by an image of a long line of women standing

Read More

Spaces of Transformation – Epistemologies of the South

To Boaventura de Sousa Santos, understanding of the world far exceeds Western understanding of the world. Even though there is a growing recognition in the west of the cultural diversity of the world, he believes this does not extend to a recognition of the diversity of knowledge systems of the world.

Read More