'To oppose the BJP does not mean one is unpatriotic'. 'The propagation of an absolutist narrative that shuts down any dissent is dangerous, irresponsible, and unbecoming of India's proud democracy.' 'The government must do better.'
The quest for identity comes back to haunt us at some point of time or the other. Occupational mobility, industrialisation, urbanisation, along with globalisation, created multitudes that revelled in the anonymity of a life where only work credentials was
Thanks so much Hamid Ansari Sahib, @FarooqAbdullah_ Sahib, @PavanK_Varma, @MakrandParanspe, @DavidDavidar, @aprakuchhal & KaranThapar for gracing the @FoundationPK launch of #TheBattleOfBelonging & attracting an audience of 800!
Delighted & honoured that such an illustrious cast of eminent Indians will officially launch #TheBattleOfBelonging on Friday. Thank you HamidAnsari Sahib, FarooqAbdullah Sahib, @PavanK_Varma, @MakrandParanspe & @karanthapar_in. All welcome to attend!
Starting with the theory & practice of nationalism worldwide, going through the nationalism of the freedom struggle& enshrined in the Constitution, down to the present drive for Hindu Rashtra, #TheBattleOfBelonging covers the key issues of our nationhood:
I will be keynoting this book launch in a mixture of Malayalam & English shortly. Livestream link: https://t.co/68hQWtIt5B I’ve been asked to address the broader theme of communalisation of history in today’s India — a subject I have also... moreI will be keynoting this book launch in a mixture of Malayalam & English shortly. Livestream link: https://t.co/68hQWtIt5B I’ve been asked to address the broader theme of communalisation of history in today’s India — a subject I have also addressed in #TheBattleOfBelonging. less
"We must protect the civic nationalism enshrined in our Constitution, which asserts inclusivity and harmony; ethno-religious Hindutva nationalism would deny India to many Indians."
My interview with Manik Sharma of @firstpost on #TheBattleOfBelonging:
"Patriotism is supporting your country all the time, and your government when it deserves it. Disagreeing when the government goes wrong is not only not anti-national, it is actually the highest form of patriotism." My interview on #TheBattleOfBelonging:
"Secularism is only a word; but even if the government takes the word ‘secularism’ out of the Constitution, it is still a secular Constitution.” These and other observations in my interview prompted by the publication of #TheBattleOfBelonging:
Underlining that the Congress makes a distinction between Hinduism and Hindutva, Tharoor said the Hinduism that "we respect is inclusive and non-judgemental", whereas Hindutva is a political doctrine based on exclusion.