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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.

Inclusion and Exclusion
Inclusion and exclusion

The basis of this identification is what was introduced earlier as identity politics. The following chapter is therefore exploring some of the psychosocial and sociolinguistic preconditions of its phenomenon. However, to be able to talk of identity politics, one needs to contrast it with a different concept of politics. This alternative concept of politics may not be real. It may not even be realistic. For the purpose of this book, it serves as a contrastive device to expound the merits and flaws of identity politics. I shall call the alternative concept of politics ‘inclusive politics’. Inclusive politics is defined as non-hierarchical and peaceful, whereas identity politics is marked by a tendency of being exclusive and potentially harmful. Inclusive politics is ...

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