ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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A Nation Searching for a Narrative in Times of Globalisation

As India's position in the world has receded, as Indians are seeing other countries of Asia, and increasingly China, outstrip their country, as Indian society is mired in caste and religious wars, as the state has to devote more and more of its energy to these cases as well as to cases where people demand self-determination, as integration into the world marked through globalisation underscores India's underdevelopment and powerlessness in the global arena, the response of large sections of the Indian middle class has taken the form of aggressive intolerance. This intolerance that puts the blame on readily identifiable scapegoats - the religious minorities for instance - provides fertile ground for the seeds of communalism and majoritarianism. The net result is that the nation has been narrated in a new model - that of majoritarianism that serves to exclude rather than include, marginalise rather than integrate, and keep out rather than embody large sections of its own inhabitants.

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