Learning social science is (or at least ought to be) radically different to learning how to walk. Whereas walking is best learnt mechanically, social theory is best imparted by critical thinking (accompanied of course with large doses of rigorous training). In social theory the two are parasitic on each other; rigour without critical thinking leads to bad theory while critical thinking without rigour reduces to blind moralism. The trick is to find a decent balance between the two. [Link]
I like the highlighted portion very much.
[An afterthought: are the many critics of Modi suffering from the malady of critical thinking without rigour?]