Sunday, June 15, 2008

Thoughts on Vandana Shiva's India Divided: Diversity and Democracy Under Attack

I found Vandana Shiva’s opening stress on the historical diversity of India wonderfully helpful, particularly her quick historical overview of how the term “Hindu” has morphed from designating a geographical area of diverse populations into a religious and nationalist designation (and the role the British played in the transformation of this term). This puts the contemporary struggle between, in particular, Hindus and Muslims in a helpful historical perspective.
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