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Nation and Minorities: India’s Plural Society and its Constituents

Akhtar Majeed (Editor)
Synopsis For a plural society, like the Indian, there can be no option such as ‘unity’ or ‘diversity’ because both have to co-exist in a single framework. Liberal values have been adopted in the constitution to facilitate the promotion of tolerance and cultural co-existence. And that was believed to be the ideal relationship for the minorities in the ‘nation’. The present dilemma can be sorted out only if cultural, linguistic, regional and religious differences are not treated as something suspicious for the national unity, as a conflict between the majority and minorities, and if there is no dichotomy between unity and diversity. It is in this sense that ‘secularism’ needs to be understood. Secularism cannot be a goal of democracy or of social justice. It is only a method of achieving the same, a method of good governance for a plural society, like the Indian. Minorities have to get incorporated into the public life of the nation as citizens and not just as dependent minorities. They have to ensure that they no longer remain clients of this or that political party but emerge as partners in sharing the power in the nation.
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About the author

Akhtar Majeed

Akhtar Majeed: is a Professor of Political Science, and Director of the Centre for federal Studies at Hamdard University, New Delhi. The Centre is an Area Studies Research Centre of the University Grants Commission. His other publications include federal India: A Design for good Governance; Distribution of Responsibilities in Federal Politics; Coalition Politics and Power Sharing; and Constitutional Nation Building.

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Title Nation and Minorities: India’s Plural Society and its Constituents
Author Akhtar Majeed
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2002
Edition 1st Ed.
Language: English
isbn 817391530X
length ix+294p.