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Identity Politics in India and Europe combines qualitative methods (20 interviews) with historical and philosophical analysis. The first part of the book discusses the history of perceptions between the Europe of Latin Christianity and the so-called Muslim world, starting from the 7th century onwards. The second part is devoted to a discussion on the emergence of modernity and how it changed the identity politics of earlier times. The third part explores the role that intellectual elites have to play. It comprises interviews of eminent scholars and thinkers in India such as Imtiaz Ahmad and Ashis Nandy. These make for an insightful read, especially as subtle ideological differences surface in their responses to a set of common questions.

The Liberal System Globalised
The liberal system globalised

The state corresponding to the sovereign self is necessarily a liberal one. Corporatist ways of organising society with compulsory associations assuming a mediatory role between the individual and the state or the utilitarian risk of sacrificing the rights of some individuals for the greater common good of the other individuals would be inconsistent with this idea of the self.1 Where corporatism or utilitarianism still prevail, the idea of inalienable individual rights, as an expression of respect for the sovereign self, limit, and in case of conflict overrule their precepts.2 After World War II and under the impression of the terrible crimes and aberrations of Nazi Germany, this system gained hegemony the world over. This hegemony enabled the building ...

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