Author: Amartya Sen
Price: 690 INR
This classic book has been in my reading list for quiet some time now. I have finally started reading it, in a phased mode. Unlike my other book reviews, I am planning to write a series of reviews for this book. This is mainly because of the sheer density of the material that author Sen has presented in this book. At the outset this book illustrates a vivid perspective of the Indian mind.
To start with, Sen explains the ‘argumentative’ nature of
Next, the author starts his viewpoints about secularism and diversity. Unlike any country
The political ideology of such a diversified country should be mainly driven in an inclusive way by collectively addressing consensus of all the people. Whichever king or government or dynasty failed to understand this important point has had a hard time ruling
On contrary to ‘secularism’ the ‘Hindutva’ ideology was created by Veer Savarkar. Fundamentally the Hindutva is based on two main points:
more than 80% of the population are Hindus. The political ideology should be based on this religion. India
- Tracing back in history (from
Indusvalley civilization) – Indians are primarily Hindus. So there is nothing wrong in looking at as a ‘Hindu-rashtra’ or ‘Bharat-varsha’. India
This Hindu political moment was fuelled by ‘Hindu-mahasabha’ and organizations like RSS, VHP, BJP and Shiv-sena are some of organizations spawned from this ideology. In this book Sen argues, looking at
I am of the opinion that, religion cannot be ruled out of the political arena completely. Given
- If religion can act as that umbrella why can’t we accept it? If Sen can substantiate for secularism by taking riots as example, I can argue for ‘non-secularism’ with bomb blast examples.
- If terrorism can be justified as a way to protect a religion, why can’t we justify ‘religion-based-governance’ for a better tomorrow?
- If the so-called ‘open-society’ Americans cannot accept Bobby Jindal as
state governor without converting himself into Roman Catholic, how can only Louisiana accept every religion by giving all sort of freedom? India
- The real rural
is fragmented in all possible factors. What sort of progress the ‘secular’ governments in the past have brought so far? How much % of real ‘inclusive’ growth has taken place in the past 60 years? India
End of the day there needs to be a law of the land and everyone should follow them. If that can be brought by using religion, I welcome that. At the same time I am not arguing for religious forces, which will vandalize the societal harmony. We are singing too much of this ‘secular’ song for the past 60 years, whereas
Am I sounding like an ‘argumentative’ Indian now?