AU Department of Philosophy celebrates its platinum jubilee
VISAKHAPATNAM: It is important to give philosophy the face of the common people instead of intellectualising it as a subject that is hard to comprehend, said noted Dalit thinker from Hyderabad, Bojja Tarakam.
At a two-day seminar that began on Wednesday to mark the platinum jubilee celebrations of the Department of Philosophy in Andhra University, he spoke on intricacies of Dalit issues embedded in the rich culture of the State and the necessity to facilitate the philosophy of the `common man'.
World issues need to be studied in context with the philosophy that drives them, be it the philosophy of hunger and revolt in the Naxal movement or the philosophy of deprival in the Dalit movement or the philosophy of equality in the woman's empowerment movement.
Mr. Tarakam elaborated on the mythological relevance of the snake symbol of Andhra University, which symbolises knowledge. "This knowledge needs to be taken outside the campus and used productively," he added.
New thinkers among the youth must be encouraged and their philosophies integrated with existing ideas. Vice Chancellor of Andhra University L. Venugopal Reddy inaugurated the programme. Social philosopher, B.S. Ramulu, Chairman BOS and coordinator UGC-SAP, P. George Victor, seminar director, G. Veerraju, and other faculty members of the University participated in the event.