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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.

Ruby Sain
Ruby Sain

Many, these days, perceive religion as such, or some particular religion, as a source of threat. What is your experience in this regard?

Regarding specific religion, we all belong to one particular religion. It may be Hindu or Islam or anything else. But we are born in the religion. No body exists without religion; everyone is born within one particular religion. We have religion unlike the animals. But everybody, that means the whole world, lives within one religion. So religion is like our blood. Religion is like our base food, or anything, whatever you can tell. Within this work, I have seen the most populous religion, what I think is Hinduism, is in the fourth rank. First Christianity, second Buddhism, third Islam and ...

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