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Being an Indian Today

Ramin Jahanbegloo

in India Revisited

Published in print January 2008 | ISBN: 9780195689440
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199080342 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195689440.003.0002
Being an Indian Today

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Focusing on the identity of Indians in modern times, in this interview Romila Thapar shares her views on a variety of topics that help describe the modern Indian. The interview begins by looking at Indian nationalism and history, which has undergone both national and colonial interpretations. Thapar also discusses with Ramin Jahanbegloo the Aryan Invasion Theory, which states the possibility that Hindus descended from the Aryans, and shares her views on the two recognizable forms of Indian nationalism, the ways Indian history is being taught in Indian schools, and the ‘national philosophy of India’.

Keywords: identity; modern times; Romila Thapar; Indian nationalism; national interpretations; colonial interpretations; Aryan Invasion Theory; national philosophy

Chapter.  5201 words. 

Subjects: Indian Politics

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