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Judith Brown

The Oxford historian and author of eight books on India, including biographies of Nehru and Gandhi, on her new release, Global South Asians

Judith Brown
Judith Brown
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What fascinates you about this country?

I was born here. But only as a student in Cambridge I realised I’d study India forever.

What did you discover about Gandhi?

He wanted to spend time in investigating natural remedies like good diet and sunshine. Building people’s lives was his main concern.

You failed to explore the continuities between Nehru’s secular nationalism and the rise of Hindu nationalism in India.

I don’t think they can be linked directly. The ideological and rhetorical space vacated by Indira’s Congress led to the Hindu nationalists.

Is the Indian democratic system a success?

Yes, apart from the Emergency.

What are its strengths?

The strong organs of civil society like education and press, the scaffolding of democracy.

What issues need to be urgently addressed?

Empowerment of the marginalised.

Could the Constituent Assembly have done something differently to reduce our ills?

You can legislate for reforms but they couldn’t have...

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