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Pluralism and Equality
Values in Indian Society and Politics

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October 2000 | 382 pages | SAGE India
With the end of the Cold War, interest in the core-values of state, pluralism, secularism and equality have intensified. This important volume examines these principal values in the differing historical and socio-cultural contexts of Europe and India, emphasising their fundamental role in democratic governance, and highlighting the wide variations in both their meaning and content in different cultures.
 
Preface
Helmut Reifeld
Introduction
 
PART ONE: CIVIL SPACE AND VALUE PREMISES
Chaturvedi Badrinath
The Place of 'Individual' in Indian Thought and Polity
Andre Habisch
The Cultural Capital of Europe
Values, Norms and Institutions as Devices for European Developmental Success

 
Satish Saberwal
The State as Value
India, Europe, China

 
Zoya Hasan
More Equal but Still not Equal?
State and Inter-group Equality in Contemporary India

 
Rajeev Bhargava
Is Secularism a Value in Itself?
 
PART TWO: CONCEPTS OF THE 'OTHER' IN INDIA
Ajay Mehra
Unity and Diversity in India
Two Ends of a Continuum or a Converging Horizon

 
Mushirul Hasan
'Majorities' and 'Minorities' in Modern South Asian Islam
A Historian's Perspective

 
Imtiaz Ahmad
Basic Conflicts of 'We' and 'They' between Religious Traditions, between Hindus, Muslims and Christians in India
Ambrose Pinto
Basic Conflicts of 'We' and 'They' between Social and Ethnic Groups
Partha S Ghosh
'We' and 'They' Syndrome: The South Asian Experience
 
PART THREE: FACING UNIVERSALISM
Ranabir Samaddar
Reforms, Democracy and Justice
Some Issues of State and the Market in South Asia

 
Yogendra Singh
Is Globalistion a Threat to Regional and Local Identities?
Kumkum Sangari
Gender Lines
Personal Laws, Uniform Laws, Conversion

 
Dietmar Rothermund
Individual and Group Rights in Western Europe and India
Dietmar Rothermund
Summary of Discussions
 
Index

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Imtiaz Ahmad

Partha S. Ghosh

Partha S. Ghosh is an Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR) National Fellow at the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses, New Delhi. Till recently he was a Senior Fellow at the Nehru Memorial Museum & Library, New Delhi. Earlier he was a Professor of South Asian Studies at the School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. His previous academic positions are: Visiting Professor, Omeo Kumar Das Institute of Social Change and Development (OKDISCD), Guwahati; Humboldt Fellow, Heidelberg University; Ford Visiting Scholar, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; and Visiting Fellow,... More About Author

Helmut Reifeld

Helmut Reifeld is at present the Representative of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation in India. Formerly a research fellow with the German Historical Institute, London, and Bayreuth University, Germany, his co edited works include Pluralism and Equality and Women in Panchayati Raj. More About Author

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