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We Shall Overcome

Some essays are entirely based on newspaper reports; others are hardly held together by a single theme ... the idealisation of Vallabhbhai Patel does not carry conviction.

We Shall Overcome
We Shall Overcome
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This collection of essays is the self-portrait of a scholar-politician—industrious, sensitive and a little idealist—with an honesty of purpose and a vision of how Indian society should be organised. Although there is nothing new in analysis or detail, this work is important for removing the cobwebs that bedevil Hindu-Muslim relations in India.

Rafiq Zakaria views the post-Godhra "Hindu rage" as "a weapon of extermination" of a minority, and reflects on the growing threat to our secular and democratic arrangement. He goes on to conclude, however, that the Gujarat episode has yet to destroy "the broad humanism which has been the basis of our existence for thousands of years". On this basis, he foresees a revival of secular feelings, especially because, as he says, "India can never be fascist as happened in Germany, Italy or Spain." One can only say. "Amen, Amen!"

A short work of wide compass cannot escape imperfections. Some essays are entirely based on newspaper reports; others are hardly held together by a single theme. The comparison of Shivaji and Swami Vivekanada...

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