Notes On Michel Foucault: Madness and Civilization

25 10 2007

I am currently reading books on and by Michel Foucault and thus I will be posting some comments, excerpts from his work and ideas related to Foucault. Here is an excerpt from Madness and Civilization that caught my eye.

“[U]nder observation madness .. is just by its acts. Madness no longer exists except as seen. The proximity instituted by the asylum, an intimacy neither chains nor bars would ever violate again, does not allow reciprocity, only the nearness of observation that watches, that spies, that comes closer in order to see better.”

(Michel Foucault Madness and Civilization Page 250)

I K Gujral and Allama Iqbal

7 10 2007

Here is an interesting fact related to Allama Iqbal, when the All India Iqbal Birth Centenary Committee was form in 1973 its Vice-Chairman was Inder Kumar Gujral who would later become the Prime Minister of India. This also shows that one must rise above our narrow communal worldviews to appreciate people like Iqbal and Tagore.