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Romila Thapar: The Battle Now Is Between Religious Nationalism And Secular Nationalism

Romila Thapar: The Battle Now Is Between Religious Nationalism And Secular Nationalism

Romila Thapar, who has been associated with Jawaharlal Nehru University for many years, speaks to writer Githa Hariharan on the idea of a university like JNU. The idea was to explore Indian society through inter-disciplinary studies and discussion. 

 

At the Centre for Historical Studies with which Romila Thapar was associated, the past was not another country; the past shaped the present. Professor Thapar points out that though the Indian anti-colonial struggle was largely secular, we have now regressed: the battle in India now is between religious nationalism and secular nationalism.

 

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