With the end of the Cold War, interest in the core-values of state, pluralism, secularism and equality have intensified. This important volume examines these principal values in the differing historical and socio-cultural contexts of Europe and India, emphasising their fundamental role in democratic governance, and highlighting the wide variations in both their meaning and content in different cultures. Comprising contributions from distinguished scholars, this volume constitutes a lucid and cogent analysis of recent shifts in public policies and political polemics on the meaning and content of various core-values.
PART ONE: CIVIL SPACE AND VALUE PREMISES
The Place of 'Individual' in Indian Thought and Polity
The Cultural Capital of Europe
The State as Value
More Equal but Still not Equal?
Is Secularism a Value in Itself?
PART TWO: CONCEPTS OF THE 'OTHER' IN INDIA
Unity and Diversity in India
'Majorities' and 'Minorities' in Modern South Asian Islam
Basic Conflicts of 'We' and 'They' between Religious Traditions, between Hindus, Muslims and Christians in India
Basic Conflicts of 'We' and 'They' between Social and Ethnic Groups
Partha S Ghosh
'We' and 'They' Syndrome: The South Asian Experience
PART THREE: FACING UNIVERSALISM
Reforms, Democracy and Justice
Is Globalistion a Threat to Regional and Local Identities?
Individual and Group Rights in Western Europe and India
Summary of Discussions