Why read Fanon?

Prashant Bhatt's notes

As we drove back from the Indian independence celebrations at India-House in Tripoli, in which our ambassador told of the challenges of every transition phase Dr.Singh asked me in an impatient tone-

“Doctor sahib! Why are you going to Frantz Fanon, after all these novels related to India we have discussed? ”

Though impatient at times, Dr.Singh is the most regular member of the reading group and endured the discussions regarding Orientalism and relevance of Senghor, Fanon in Indian and post colonial context.

This is a summary of why we should read Fanon to understand what is happening in India or North Africa today. With the rupee falling well below 60 to a dollar or the Islamic elected persons facing prison (Morsi) while the person deposed is set free (Mubarak) we need to relook at Fanon.


For those unfamiliar with Frantz Fanon- he is author of “The Wretched…

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