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.
What is your experience in regard of religion (general or particular) as a source of threat?
Well I don't think that religion per se is a threat. All religious traditions are kind of omnibus in that they say many things and it is open to the followers to pick and choose according to the situation in which they find themselves. And I think this has been happening in all of the religious traditions recently, that some of the people who have more radical views, and their radical views are for other reasons than religion, pick on that part of the text which is convenient for them. The same text may contain other things that would be quite opposed to the interpretation that is ...