The Idea of India

A Dialogue
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Now available in India. Forthcoming in the rest of the world in August 2024.

A lively discussion between two eminent Indian academics that examines what it means to be an Indian.
Through a stimulating dialogue, two old friends trace the history of the idea of India through digressions, anecdotes, and observations. Historian Romila Thapar and theorist Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak reflect on the challenges posed by essentialism and exclusion whenever cultures attempt to define and assert themselves. They also emphasize the role of education in fostering a more inclusive and accurate understanding of the nation’s complex history. Their conversation revolves around the narratives that have shaped Indian identity—from Vedic times to the present—and those whose voices and visions for this land remain unheard and unseen.
Ranging from nationalism to religion and beyond, The Idea of India discusses an urgent question: What does it mean to be an Indian in contemporary society?

ISBN: 9781803093840
Pages: 77
Size: 4.25”x 7”
Rights: UCP
Format: Hardback
Publication Year: January 2024
Category: Politics, History
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