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Rethinking India

Ramin Jahanbegloo

in Talking Politics

Published in print March 2011 | ISBN: 9780198071549
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199081349 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198071549.003.0005
Rethinking India

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This chapter is on Parekh’s views on India, specifically his observation on Indian identity and the notion of an Indian community. Parekh talks in details on developments that had occurred in the country over the past few years, and notes some of the changes in India’s attitude towards the west, particularly in the current Indian generation. Parekh feels that the present generation possesses limited knowledge on Indian history and do not fear outsiders as much as the previous generations. The term ‘Indianness’, the reasons behind overcoming numerous challenges faced by the Indian democracy, and Indira Gandhi’s Emergency are also discussed. Finally, it throws light on Parekh’s understanding of globalization, violence, poverty, and the possibility of a moral India. Besides, Parekh shows how his Indian identity has shaped him over the years.

Keywords: India; identity; community; history; democracy; Indira Gandhi; Emergency; globalization; violence; poverty

Chapter.  6887 words. 

Subjects: Indian Politics

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