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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.

Anjan Ghosh
Anjan Ghosh

Many these days perceive either of a particular religion or of religion as such as a potential threat—have you got any personal experience of this independently of your academic life?

I've never experienced any personal threat in terms of religious beliefs, and since I've studied in multicultura/multi-religious contexts—I've been through Catholic institutions and central universities in India, which is a very multicultural, multi-regional context and JNU—for me it was the opposite. When I went to JNU as an early postgraduate in its formative stage in the 1970s, for us it was a revelation in terms of being able to witness the variety of Indian people from many different backgrounds, regions and religious backgrounds come together. That was a very interesting and very chastening ...

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