Two imaginations for India: Betrayals of India’s secularism and pluralism

Development Research Seminar by Dr Harsh Mander

Dr Harsh Mander

Tuesday 14 Jun 2022, 16:00 - 17:00
Spoken Language
Hybrid - Aula B and Zoom
International Institute of Social Studies
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The seminar will be chaired by Dr Sreerekha Sathiamma.

This is a hybrid event. To attend either in person or online, please contact Jessica Pernozzoli at

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In this Development Research seminar, Dr Harsh Mander examines the conflicting imaginations of India as a humane and inclusive society on the one hand and a Hindy supremacist country on the other.

India’s freedom struggle was centred around the imagination of a humane and inclusive nations for people of every caste, religion, gender and language. These were the foundations of India’s constitution.

But these ideas were contested by another imagination of India as a Hindu supremacist country, in which religious minorities would live only second class citizens. Today, the Hindu nationalist idea of India is ascendant.

What does this mean for India and the world?

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