Department of English, Faculty of Media Studies and Humanities organized a guest lecture on “The Significance of Subaltern Voices” recently which was delivered by Dr. Abdur Razaque Khan, Associate Professor, Department of Mass Communication and Journalism, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh.
Dr. Khan began his lecture by clarifying the difference between administrative and critical theory. He explained how critical theory leads to critical thinking that is required to become a more humane and enlightened being. He said, ‘The administrative theory generally helps in problem-solving. Critical thinking takes us to emancipation. Thus, critical theories are more important than administrative ones’.
Dr. Khan asked the students to develop a more critical approach to various issues pertaining to the world. This would lead to better and more humane situations. It is the need of the present time when the world is changing at an unavoidably fast pace. The modern corporate culture and technological advancements are creating even wider gulfs among sections. It suits the interest of the dominant classes to encourage these gaps so that people can deviate from the real issues. Dr. Khan asked the students to have a critical and humane approach to escape the divisive ploy. He asked them to give attention to the voices of marginalized and never encourage hegemony of this form or that. This is essential to avoid the process of ‘othering’ that is preventing the making of a just and humane world based on equality and dignity for all.
The lecture was an intellectually stimulating and enlightening experience for the students.