Thursday, June 10, 2010

Naxalite knows who to call

Last night I was reading this few page article on A Capitalist Knows Who To Call by Prof Abhijit Banerjee and I agree with him with some what more strong hunch.

And in his column in today’s HT writes about the idea of India:

I don’t say this to imply that decolonisation was a bad idea. I say this to recognise the genius of our founding fathers, who knew that to be a nation we need more than resentment. We need an idea, and an ideal, and Jawaharlal Nehru, in Discovery of India, explicitly sets out to give us one. My strong hunch is that the fact that India has mostly escaped the kind of implosions that much of the rest of the decolonised world has had to deal with — despite a history of relentless brutality towards our lower castes and tribals, and a gaggle of corrupt leaders who are happy to invoke that history to justify their venality —has something to do with the power of the idea of India has over all of us on so many of us, rich, poor, young and old.

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