In India Revisited, Ramin Jahanbegloo
converses with twenty-seven leading Indian
personalities––social scientists, journalists, activists, artists, and sports persons— to gain an understanding of contemporary Indian society.
Jahanbegloo, an Iranian-Canadian philosopher and Gandhi scholar, raises interesting questions about the seeming contradictions of life in India: the long history of religious tolerance juxtaposed with growing religious fundamentalism, democracy being challenged by a persistent caste system, the Indian ethos of equality contested by the low status of women, affluent urban areas that contrast with the impoverished rural tracts, among other issues. The responses to these questions presented in the conversations in this book, present a unique and hopeful view of India sixty years after independence.
Breaking new ground in the East-East dialogue, this book reveals that something more than economic wealth, political power, and technological ambition is needed to combat corruption, poverty, and inequality in India. This, for all of Jahanbegloo's interviewees, is in line with the the social thinking of great thinkers like Mahatma Gandhi and Rabindranath Tagore, and the strength of the pluralistic Indian religious and cultural framework.
India Revisited gives a one-of-a-kind view of contemporary India, seen through the eyes of those who have engaged with the country,her people, and culture through their work and lives. Presented in an informal conversational style, this book will interest scholars and informed lay readers, as well as those who want to know more about contemporary India.