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The Indian Plural Mind

This essay argues that plurality not only provides stability to a society but that it also promotes peace and harmony. It is, therefore, sought for rather than frowned upon - a lesson for the developed world. This would however require the location and accommodation of modern values in the broader plural framework. This would involve a paradigm shift from modernity to plurality.

This discourse has come out of several evenings that I have shared with my probing friends, Sunil Tambe, Ranjit Pawar and Alok Srivastva through an intensely engaging correspondence, who have participated in the evolution of various insights and have also served as an excellent sounding board. I have drawn on Ashis Nandy’s Alternative Sciences, and have also benefited and been inspired by several discussions with him. There have been many friends and colleagues, including U R Ananthamurthy, D N Dhanagare, Satish Abbi and others, who have read and commented on some version or the other of this essay. I thank them all warmly and gratefully acknowledge their scholarly camaraderie.

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