On Sun, Oct 9, 2011 at 11:23 PM, Gautam John <gautam@prathambooks.org> wrote:

It isn't so much about official and unofficial narratives - it's about
dominance and if this is the only one then it is the dominant one. And
dominance is about more than just the existence of a single narrative.

I think it's about all of these: what's considered official and unofficial and what dominates - and maybe what's seen as definitive too.

While one narrative may dominate in the short run, in the medium and long terms the existence of multiple
narratives usually does ensure that no single POV can rule. (look at all the voices and multiple perspectives around Steve Jobs' passing).

Agree that power is also part of the equation: whose voice? whose narrative? who puts it out?

And I think part of it is how we choose to see it and who/what we choose to hear - if I choose to see Tory's piece as dominant because it was commissioned by the Foundation, then that determines how much power I give it. If I decide it is an interesting chronicle of a moment in time, then it becomes 'a' version, not 'the' version.

Also: want to second Hisham in suggesting that people add their comments on Tory's piece, since that too is the intention.

And I'm bowing out of this now, since I'm on a flight with lots of time to spare and could go on and on and on. :)