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Ashoka Bulletin
How stardom killed the intellectual
A debate on who can claim the title of ‘public intellectual'

An online news website recently compiled a list of next-generation intellectuals which sparked a debate on who is a ‘public intellectual’.



“The problems with these lists is the focus on personalities rather than ideas.” says Dr. Pratap Bhanu Mehta, Vice-Chancellor, Ashoka University. “An intellectual is someone who goes beyond academic specialisation to articulate public reason - someone who believes that everyone is capable of being engaged by ideas”, he adds.


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How stardom killed the intellectual