Radical Pedagogy

Radical Pedagogy (2017)

Volume 14 Issue 2

ISSN: 1524-6345

Beneath Colonial Modernity: Elements of an Indigenous Educational Praxis


Kaustuv Roy

Azim Premji University, India

E-mail: kaustuv.roy@apu.edu.in




This paper is an attempt to construct elements of an indigenous pedagogy

from the practices, truths, and relations buried under the onslaught of colonial modernity, a vicious combine that has mostly left the erstwhile colonized nations like India in denial of their own truths, native understandings, and deeper insights into life and purpose. In particular, the educational practices and values coming out of colonial modernity have been culturally catastrophic for children of ordinary folk who have had to deal with the tidal wave of monetary and market relations on the one hand, and a meaningless and alienating education on the other, losing their ordinary humanity to a ruthless global machine. The paper argues that it is more important now than ever to reengage with indigenous wisdom to craft a radical curriculum that cuts through the miasma and cultural deceit handed out as education to hapless children.

Keywords: colonial modernity, alienated education, indigenous

                  wisdom, epistemic diversity, liberation theology


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