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India and the Indian: A Traitor's Testimony, and Séance in Kashmir
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India and the Indian: A Traitor's Testimony, and Séance in Kashmir

From our 'Idea of the Indian' series — verses by Malathi Maitri and Aditi Angiras

India and the Indian: Inequitable majority-minority relations no longer a fringe phenomenon
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India and the Indian: Inequitable majority-minority relations no longer a fringe phenomenon

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.

India and the Indian: The Remembered and the Forgotten, by Sunalini Kumar and Sarnath Banerjee
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India and the Indian: The Remembered and the Forgotten, by Sunalini Kumar and Sarnath Banerjee

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
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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
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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
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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?

India and the Indian: Watch Fat Mama, Rafeeq Ellias' poignant film on Chinese-Indian émigrés
India

India and the Indian: Watch Fat Mama, Rafeeq Ellias' poignant film on Chinese-Indian émigrés

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
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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
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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.

The future of Artificial Intelligence, and what it could tell us about being human
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The future of Artificial Intelligence, and what it could tell us about being human

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.