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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.

Qutub Kidwai and Shirin Huda
Qutub Kidwai and Shirin Huda

For many in the West, but, as I believe, also in India, either some particular religion or religion as such has become equivalent to a threat. How would you respond to that?

Q: I would say that in India, if you see the history, it's been very much a pluralist society, earlier, even now, it's very much diverse and plural. But even now, the aspect of religion in politics has really brought a kind of insecurity in the minds of people belonging to the majority community. It goes back to the period when the British started their Divide and Rule Policy and then consequently the partition of India and Pakistan. At present, since we are dealing with ...

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