Politician and writer Shashi Tharoor believes that India is at a crossroads. The people of the world’s second most populous nation, he contends, are splitting into two opposing factions: ethno-religious nationalists and liberal civic nationalists. If the ethno-religious nationalists prevail, he says, millions of non-Hindus would be stripped of their identity, and bogus theories of Indianness would take root in the soil of the subcontinent.
In October 2021, Tharoor came to Intelligence Squared to discuss the threats facing the biggest democracy in the world. Drawing from his new book The Struggle for India’s Soul he explained how nations like India can turn the tide on regressive forms of nationalism and preserve what makes them pluralist and principled.
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