ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Modern India sans the Impact of Capitalism

The Indian Ideology by Perry Anderson (Gurgaon: Three Essays Collective), 2012; pp vi + 184, Rs 350 (PB), Rs 550 (HB).

Perry Anderson is among the most outstanding Marxist thinkers of our time. When he writes on India, that is cause for excitement. The present book, however, based on his three pieces published earlier in The London Review of Books, makes one feel short-changed, notwithstanding the fact that it is, as one would expect, lucidly written and eminently readable.

The title, adapted from Marx’s famous work, refers to a set of ideas propagated by a group of distinguished Indian writers, notably, Amartya Sen, Meghnad Desai, Ramachandra Guha, Sunil Khilnani and Pratap Bhanu Mehta, which celebrate the contemporary realisation of the “idea of India”, marked by “four tropes”: “antiquity-continuity, diversity-unity, massivity-democracy, multi-confessionality-secularity”.

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