Hello! I’m Kanishka. I endevour to create a discursive platform to critically discuss issues at the intersection of gender, race, human rights and philosophy.
Who Am I?
To define is to limit. I am many ideas, philosophies, movements, thoughts, and passions. If I had a combination definition for all of these words I would put them here. I guess you could call me a product of ideas. I am constantly searching for the next theory, movement, policy, or thought.
I attempt to transcribe an opportunity to merge philosophy with practice. To merge theory with movements. To revolutionize from a simple thought. In many ways, I am looking towards the roots of issues and movements – the forces underpinning the world we live in. This curiosity has enabled my passion for activism, for justice, for equity, and most importantly – for freedom.
How did I get here?
My research interests align with my hunt for freedom. This includes:
- Postcolonial development and its intersection with social critique, including theorists such as Edward Said’s Orientalism, Amartya Sen and Arturo Escobar.
- Political theory and its connection with social and economic ideas of revolution, with a particular interest in the works of Karl Marx and Friederich Engels.
- Intersectional analysis of grassroots localized needs, especially the work of Chandra Talpade Mohanty’s Under Western Eyes: Feminist Scholarship and Colonial Discourses and Bell Hooks’ Feminism is for Everybody.
- Trangressive Fiction such as that of Charles Bukowski, as well as Realist Political Fiction, including the works of Count Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy, George Orwell, and Arthur Miller.
- Critical theory surrounding a free society and the merge between individual and collective freedoms, including the analytical works of Pyotr Alexeyevich Kropotkin, Emma Goldman, Friedrich Nietzsche, & Voltairine de Cleyre.
Where do I want to go?
Coinciding with research I believe is practical application of acquired knowledge. I hope to be able to effectively work with grass roots organizations to focus on bottom up representation of local communities in the political, social, and economic sphere. Meaning is but subjective to each individual, and the goal of any growth, especially development which is a loaded term in of itself, should be the act of increasing this freedom for individuals, and thereby communities. We should not be isolating ourselves from meaning, instead, our goal should be sustaining it.
“Philosophers have only interpreted the world in various ways. The point however, is to change it.” – Karl Marx