This book explores the fate of some of the central concepts in the mainstream culture of Indian politics–ranging from secularism, development, and terrorism to dissent and history. The analysis is based on a tacit cultural and psychological biography of the modern nation-state in South Asia.
The book offers an alternative, dissenting perspective on Indian democracy in which some key elements of the ideology of the state, such as nationalism and national security, have an attenuated status.
The book will be useful for political scientists, historians, sociologists, psychologists, and concerned citizens.
‘[He] gives a new dimension to accepted notions of democratic politics.' —The Financial Express
‘Nandy's work provides an erudite critique of the background and practical implementation of key political concepts.' — Political Studies Review
‘…a handsome collection of essays and an admirable book.' —The Statesman
‘Nandy's formulations throw up interesting possibilities in the quest for a non-secularist political idiom.' —India Today
Ashis Nandy Fellow, Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, Delhi.