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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.

Salil Misra
Salil Misra

Today, many perceive of religion as such or of any particular religion as a threat. What is your personal experience in this regard?

Before I get to this question, Michael, let me make a couple of observations on this question of religion and its relationship with identity politics. One issue, which engages and puzzles most of us here, is that there is something very universal and global about identity politics and the question of identities and yet there is something very unique and specific about it. So is this question part of the unique and specific or is it part of the generic? In India, there is a tendency to relegate the question to some kind of Indian exceptionalism, according to which certain ...

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