From our 'Idea of the Indian' series — verses by Malathi Maitri and Aditi Angiras
The minority is now officially reconfigured as an obstacle to development, a drain on resources, an alien and socially divisive element that weakens cultural cohesion; a primitive, non-modern and unassimilable remnant of the past.
The nation takes your memory away in other ways. It makes your memories irrelevant, your stories ridiculous. It says the sky and sea are not yours to know, the soil is not yours to till, and the goddess is a fiction only illiterates recite.
India and the Indian: Will we never be able to achieve consensus on being legitimately Indian, writes Aakash Singh Rathore
Swept away by the exclusivistic sense of the nation, we, in our fear and weakness, are permitting it to define who gets to be a bona fide Indian — always with tragic consequences.
India and the Indian: How a country treats its own is the nationalism to be proud of, writes Omair Ahmad
While there is a nationalism that measures India in the world, there is also another nationalism that measures itself of India versus India, which is no less potent, and no less important.
India and the Indian: We're lulled to think that citizens control the narrative, writes Palash Krishna Mehrotra
At present, the nationalism of pitting one against the other seems self-indulgent. Can a poor country afford the luxury of toying with an ideology which is neither taking us back to the intellectual positives nor leapfrogging us to a sky-scraping neon future?
This is the story of Steven Wan, a Chinese-Indian. It is also the story of several thousand Chinese-Indians who were arbitrarily rounded up in Bengal, Assam and in the hill states of the Northeast and interned in Deoli in the aftermath of the India-China war in 1962.
India and the Indian: Western theories of nationhood don't capture country's complex realities, writes Samrat
The Indian of today includes the unknown woman from the uncontacted tribe of the Sentinelese in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands but it also includes the actress Kalki Koechlin, who is an Indian of French origin. Neither of them is the stereotypical Indian, but both of them are equally Indian
India and the Indian: My nationalism competes with China, not Pakistan, writes Kancha Ilaiah Shepherd
Our political life, lived around only village panchayats before 1950, is now connected to a larger constitutional democracy. In the future, this nationalist view will gain more prominence. The RSS nationalism will slowly but surely wither away.
It would seem that, as if to prepare for the advent of the Artificial Intelligence explosion, humankind is reducing itself to the level of robots.