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About Vinay Lal

Vinay Lal is associate professor of history at UCLA. He is the author of Empire of Knowledge: Culture and Plurality in the Global Economy.

Articles by Vinay Lal

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Constitutional conventions: best practice

The beginning of a history

Francis Fukuyama's claims of universalism are belied by his unawareness of wider debates about modern knowledge systems, argues Vinay Lal.

Academic vigilantism

A new website claims to expose "radical professors" and offers students money to spy on their teachers. Targeted scholar Vinay Lal warns against underestimating America's new McCarthyite movement.

The Tavistock Square Gandhi: 'war on terror' and non-violence

The London bus bomb exploded beside “peace park” where the pioneer of non-violence, Gandhi, is honoured. Vinay Lal sees in the event another violation of the “war on terror”.
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