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

A+| A| A-

Hate, Love and Secularism

Partitions of the Heart: Unmaking the Idea of India by Harsh Mander,India: Penguin Viking, 2018; pp 277,366 (hardback).


In 2016, the Indian Institute of Public Administration cancelled a lecture of the former union home secretary, Madhav Godbole, at the Mantralaya in Mumbai. Those in power were allegedly uncomfortable with a lecture titled, Is India a Secular Nation? Godbole is a critic of the declining standard of bureaucracy and the rising tide of intolerance. He had earlier said that once the steel frame of the bureaucracy had been reduced to a plastic frame, the government had stopped caring for the poor.

More recently, on 4 June 2019, while delivering a lecture in the memory of J B Dsouzaa former chief secretary of the Maharashtra government, who lent his name to many causes in support of secularism and good urban governanceJustice Gautam Patel of the Bombay High Court, likened the bureaucrats in Mantralaya with Mephistopheles, the agent of the devil mentioned in several works of fictional literature.

Dear Reader,

To continue reading, become a subscriber.

Explore our attractive subscription offers.

Click here


To gain instant access to this article (download).

INR 59

(Readers in India)

$ 6

(Readers outside India)

Published On : 20th Jan, 2024

Support Us

Your Support will ensure EPW’s financial viability and sustainability.

The EPW produces independent and public-spirited scholarship and analyses of contemporary affairs every week. EPW is one of the few publications that keep alive the spirit of intellectual inquiry in the Indian media.

Often described as a publication with a “social conscience,” EPW has never shied away from taking strong editorial positions. Our publication is free from political pressure, or commercial interests. Our editorial independence is our pride.

We rely on your support to continue the endeavour of highlighting the challenges faced by the disadvantaged, writings from the margins, and scholarship on the most pertinent issues that concern contemporary Indian society.

Every contribution is valuable for our future.