Very important piece, and Prof. Jani’s perspectives are extremely insightful.
When you join a march for Black Lives Matter or sign a petition against environmental destruction by the North Dakota oil pipeline, you are taking a stand against an injustice despite the fact that you may have differences of opinion on how you understand the problem, the position you take on future strategies of protest, the opinions you have on the solutions, etc.
Pranav Jani is Associate Professor of English at The Ohio State University, working in postcolonial studies and US ethnic studies. Pranav’s book, Decentering Rushdie, examined cosmopolitanism and nationalism in Indian English fiction; he’s currently researching the changing legacies of the Revolt of 1857 in the Indian political imagination. Jani has published scholarly work on Marxism, historiography, nationalism, postcolonial theory and Subaltern Studies, Indian and diasporic fiction and film, and Indian revolutionaries. His lectures and articles for activist forums can be found at wearemany.org, Socialist Worker, and International Socialist Review. Pranav is a long-time member of the International Socialist Organization, and is involved in efforts in Columbus around Palestine solidarity, the Black Lives Matter movement, and academic freedom.
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