The philosophical malaise in Ek Desh, Ek Vidhan and Ek Pradhan offers just cause for asymmetrical federalism in India
The entire Kashmir policy of the Government of India, right from 1947, is that of misplaced intrigue. Trying to hammer something which is brittle into malleability.
Without clarity on the idea of what it is about a culture and a people that requires a homeland, thorny questions surrounding migration and identity will continue to trouble the world.
Speaking at the India Ideas Conclave, MJ Akbar contended that faith-based terrorism challenges the concept of a nation-state and presents an existential challenge
Internet users, who are basically netizens scattered all around the world, today constitute the new global commons instead of the traditional nation-states and their citizens.
Many people in India want to debunk the western idea of the nation-state and replace it with the concept of a "civilisational state." But ambiguity is the only virtue of this state. It does not stand for anything.
The Scottish 'no' vote to independence from Britain reaffirms a modern reality. There are few monocultural "nations" left in the world, only diverse "states" containing many "nations" within them.
If Uttar Pradesh is too big to govern, the same can be said of India - and the nation-state itself. A big nation-state is actually a handicap on its people and freedom