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Pluralism and Equality
Values in Indian Society and Politics

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November 2000 | 382 pages | SAGE Publications Pvt. Ltd
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.

 
Preface
Helmut Reifeld
Introduction
 
PART ONE: CIVIL SPACE AND VALUE PREMISES
Chaturvedi Badrinath
The Place of 'Individual' in Indian Thought and Polity
Andre Habisch
The Cultural Capital of Europe
Values, Norms and Institutions as Devices for European Developmental Success  
Satish Saberwal
The State as Value
India, Europe, China  
Zoya Hasan
More Equal but Still not Equal?
State and Inter-group Equality in Contemporary India  
Rajeev Bhargava
Is Secularism a Value in Itself?
 
PART TWO: CONCEPTS OF THE 'OTHER' IN INDIA
Ajay Mehra
Unity and Diversity in India
Two Ends of a Continuum or a Converging Horizon  
Mushirul Hasan
'Majorities' and 'Minorities' in Modern South Asian Islam
A Historian's Perspective  
Imtiaz Ahmad
Basic Conflicts of 'We' and 'They' between Religious Traditions, between Hindus, Muslims and Christians in India
Ambrose Pinto
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
Ranabir Samaddar
Reforms, Democracy and Justice
Some Issues of State and the Market in South Asia  
Yogendra Singh
Is Globalistion a Threat to Regional and Local Identities?
Kumkum Sangari
Gender Lines
Personal Laws, Uniform Laws, Conversion  
Dietmar Rothermund
Individual and Group Rights in Western Europe and India
Dietmar Rothermund
Summary of Discussions
 
Index

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