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29 Aug
  • One of the tragic outcomes of the collapse of secular consensus in India is the prevalent Hindutva notion, that there is only one way to negotiate Hinduism. Debate — the heart of what Amartya Sen calls the quintessential Indian spirit of argumentativeness — is seen as a sign of weakness. It is almost like the conservative French writer, Jean-Francois Revel lamenting in the early 1980s that democracies would perish against the Soviet might because of their argumentative nature. Within that decade, the Berlin Wall collapsed. In Salman Rushdie’s Haroun and the Sea of Stories, which showed that the land of Gup, in the end, triumphs over the land of Chup.
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