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Sunday, October 02, 2005

A reflexive pluralism

Mukul Kesavan writes in the Telegraph:
All post-mortems simplify historical choices and thus exaggerate the stupidity or insensitivity or wickedness of actors who, in retrospect, seem to make the wrong ones. One of the mistakes the Congress made in the Thirties and Forties was to imagine that its good intentions in the matter of pluralism and secularism were enough to make it representative of All-India. But that its intentions were good is borne out by its success in building a pluralist, democratic Indian republic despite the genocidal violence of Partition. We only need to look across the border to know how different things could have been.
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Kesavan's previous essays on the Congress party and India's independence struggle: 1, 2, 3 and 4.
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