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‘Self-Criticism, And Not Glib Self-Congratulation, Is The Deepest Form Of Patriotism’

Historian and director of the India Institute at London’s King’s College, Sunil Khilnani on telling India's story through 50 personalities in his latest venture.

‘Self-Criticism, And Not Glib Self-Congratulation, Is The Deepest Form Of Patriotism’
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‘Self-Criticism, And Not Glib Self-Congratulation, Is The Deepest Form Of Patriotism’
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2016-02-20T15:46:40+05:30

To tell the history of India through 50 personalities, first a radio project for the BBC and now a handsomely produced book, Incarnations, has perhaps been one of Sunil Khilnani’s more ambitious and dem­anding projects, not least because of its non-academic format. The aut­hor—historian and director of the India Institute at London’s King’s College—travelled thousands of miles through the country to res­earch for it and the outcome is a living, throbbing, riveting glimpse into these great minds who shaped India. “It is not up to the state to define nationalism on everyone’s behalf,” Khilnani tells Satish Padmanabhan in an interview. Excerpts:

To select 50 lives to tell the story of a nation, as you have admitted, is an exe­­rcise designed to provoke. It will certainly get people talking, but which are the few names that you had to grapple with the most before leaving out?

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