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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.

Anil Bhatti
Anil Bhatti

Many these days perceive religion (either religion as such or any particular religion) as a source of threat. What is your experience in this regard?

It depends on how religion is used. If you stick to the classical formulation that religion should be part of the private sphere, and the public sphere is a place on which religion does not necessarily impinge, then the question of threat does not arise. But the threat does arise when you feel that certain areas of transcendence or personal feelings of a religious kind are being used in order to obtain some political goals which are not immediately recognisable as purely religious goals. So I would say that the main problem of this threat perception is the ...

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