The ongoing Assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir could see a keen contest between the Bharatiya Janata Party and the People's Democratic Party. The key to a domestic consensus on resolving the intractable Kashmir issue will depend on how these two parties, which represent competing nationalisms, forge a post-election compromise to quell the sense of widespread cynicism.
Leading British historian David Washbrook, Research Professor in South Asian History, Trinity College, Cambridge, U.K., sees India at a crossroads with Bharatiya Janata Party in government. In conversation with The Hindu Centre for Politics and Public Policy, he shares his views on the decline of Nehruvian secularism, the attempts to rewrite history in India, and the status of research in Britain. Excerpts from an interview held on Dec. 9, 2014:
We see this as a dangerous trend and hence, by launching a credible and independent platform for an exploration of ideas and public policies, hope to contribute to the rebuilding of public faith in India’s democratic process. We see it as our mission to restore pride and faith in the idea of Indian citizenship and nationhood. This is not a statement of sentiment but intent.
Does a democraacy reqiures homogenity of religion to work perfectly or it requires a sense of unity a sense of unity so strong that will overpower the feeling of religious minority or majority. The ever rising enimity between brother of different sect really raises a doubt about the integrity of our country whether it be infriged by MIM or by VHP it really questions the term secular used in our constitution whether it has just become a comfoulage for hiding religious enimty, really we should realise that religion has become more of a means for our political master rather than a practice of social order, on contrary religion should be practiced in its goal which soughts it achieve that is being compassionate, alturistic , philantropic rather than creating it a separate class- ashit
Who but 'The Hindu' can one expect to embark on establishing a platform for reviving the people's ebbing faith in India's democratic systems, reduce social inequalities and keep up the pluralistic nature of Indian society. It is indeed a vast canvas; but 'The Hindu' with its long heredity and vast resources, men and material, can certainly achieve it. One can only pray and hope that they take a balanced view of issues and not a prejudiced one as some are prone to. Wish you all the best.- Subramanian M P
The Hindu group of Publications has always stood for excellence in newspaper publications and responsible journalism. There can be none better suited to launch such an institution with patriotic national objectives. Your group is today one of the most respected not only in India but the world over. While lauding your objectives for starting this Centre on Public Policy, I wish to emphasise the special importance you need to give to the youth of India. The Hindu Centre must be a lighthouse/guidepost to the youth of this great country by encouraging meaningful discussions and deliberations of international standards. It should also give adequate recognition and awards to good role models for the youth. India has the greatest youth population in the world today and we need to guide them in the right direction towards nation building.- U. Sathyamoorthy