Pragati – our new publication

The Indian National Interest Review

You can find out more and download the inaugural issue here. The editorial is reproduced below.

In a land of over a billion minorities, the Indian republic—which owes its existence to the loftiest moral struggle in modern times—presents the best hope for the well-being and development of all its citizens. The survival, security and strengthening of the Indian nation and its institutions, therefore, is not only a matter of supreme moral consequence, but of immense human importance.

Frequently imperfect application, repeated attempts at its perversion and creeping cynicism about its effectiveness must not prevent us from recognising that the Constitution of India offers an enlightened way for us to organise our society and ensure the greatest welfare of all citizens. Surely this is something worth defending. We at The Indian National Interest community strongly believe so. Ergo, the publication that you are reading.

To rule over the hearts, minds and affairs of the Indian people, their rulers and their adversaries alike have historically employed the device of ‘divide and rule’ and exploited the immense diversity in religion, language, ethnicity and economic background to their own advantage. To our collective loss, we observe that it is happening to this day. We believe that the national interest lies in defeating the divide and rule paradigm: by upholding the rights and freedoms of the individual and by dismantling the barriers which stand in the way of equality of opportunity.

This first issue of Pragati expresses several of the themes that we care about dearly: economic freedom, realism in international relations, open society, a culture of tolerance and an emphasis on good governance. The environment, poverty eradication and rural development have long been appropriated by vested ideological and political interests, over which they have come to assert an exclusivity of sorts. We challenge these claims of intellectual monopoly: Pragati will deal with these issues with the seriousness they demand.

This publication is the product of independent minds, who are—transcending ideological pigeonholes—united in our determination to see a better future for our nation.

15 thoughts on “Pragati – our new publication”

  1. Vatsan,

    It’s in keeping with tradition. INI itself was launched on April 1st last year.

  2. Interesting mag. Congrats and all the best. Have been following your blog for several months, and have had a suspicion that I kind of know you in real life as well! Never asked you though.

  3. …transcending ideological pigeonholes…

    Really? Particularly since you also say:

    This first issue of Pragati expresses several of the themes that we care about dearly: economic freedom, realism in international relations, open society, a culture of tolerance and an emphasis on good governance.

    If this isn’t ideology, what is? I agree with you on most of your economic prescriptions but does it make sense calling them “non-ideological”? Every position is ideological and built on specific assumptions about the kind of society we want to build and the ways in which we want to go about building it. That doesn’t mean that all positions are equivalent. And since we’ve tried one approach to economic development — state-based planning, heavy regulation, quasi-socialism, licence-quota, etc etc — it makes sense to try a different route, particularly since it seems to have caused changes not seen in the last fifty years.

    I was happy to see you guys state all your assumptions upfront and then dismayed to see that lofty Olympian line about “transcending ideology”. But I guess magazines need their lofty lines along with their policy prescriptions.

  4. Nitin:

    Congratulations for your new endeavor; no doubt it will be a smashing success. Any plans to add a review section for books and films?

  5. Niraj,

    Thanks. We intend to publish book reviews. But no, not movies 🙂

    Shreeharsh,

    Do read the entire phrase—transcending ideological pigeonholes.

  6. Asking for freedom isn’t ‘ideology’. Nor is asking for tolerance or good governance.

    “Shreeharsh” seems to have a rather elastic definition for ‘ideology’; the consequence, I suspect, of wearing ideological blinkers.

  7. Best wishes for Pragati.

    I hope you can consider contributions from Nandan Desai to add some more span across those ideological pigeonholes. And this may be asking too much, but maybe an occasional article or guest column by a lefty blogger?

    regards,
    Jai

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