Monday, May 7, 2012

Rules for caste

  • "Too many empirical facts about Gujarati history, society, culture, politics and economics challenge the schizophrenic discourse that is for or against Modi, and remains fixated either on the abyss of 2002 or on the myth of “Swarnim Gujarat”.
  • "It is difficult to imagine Indian academia, particularly the study of politics in India since the 1960s, without a number of Gujarati scholars, activists and public intellectuals. Rajni Kothari, D.L. Sheth, Ghanshyam Shah, Bhikhu Parekh, Meghnad Desai, Achyut Yagnik, Asgar Ali Engineer, I.P. Desai, A.M. Shah, Girish Patel, Teesta Setalvad and Tridip Suhrud, among others constitute a proud roster of some of the best minds and the most ethical, proactive citizens of the past half-century. The cliché is that the Bengalis, the Maharashtrians and the South Indians dominate the post-colonial Indian academy, but look carefully, and you will find that Gujarat has a more than robust representation. If we go back a generation or two, we are looking at Mahatma Gandhi, Sardar Patel, Mohammed Ali Jinnah and K.M. Munshi — figures who played such an enormous role in our politics that we cannot account for our modernity without them"More here.
  • "Nehru was a great man but his many small mistakes have harmed the country to this day". More here.

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