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The Romance of Global Justice? Sen’s Deparochialization and the Quandary of Dalit Marxism
Aakash Singh Rathore
The Global Justice debate is currently parochial (that is, a monological, predominantly Anglo- American exercise) and romantic (that is, academic and privileged/elitist, out-of-touch with ground realities, and yet self-satisfied and glib). However, Amartya Sen’s The Idea of Justice provides a valuable framework for deparochializing the debate. This paper argues, nevertheless, that Sen does not go far enough: a foray into the quandary of Dalit Marxism—a case wherein global justice and social justice may be antagonistic rather than complimentary—reveals that though not parochial, Sen’s conception of (global) justice remains rather romantic.

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