Pragati May 2008: Towards liberal nationalism

Issue 14 - Apr 2008

Issue Contents


Liberals, culture and nationalism Ravikiran S Rao
An opportunity exists for a new politics

Changing the broken wheel Raj Cherubal
The secular-right must champion economic freedom

Towards “that heaven of freedom” Gautam Bastian
A free nation of free citizens

Out of court Rohit Pradhan, Shashi Shekhar & Mukul Asher
Carry on the battle, but respect the court’s verdict


India as a rising great power; climate change and national security; India-Iran relations; to the brink; and trade across the Line of Control


The new currency of power Nitin Pai & Aruna Urs
A discussion on strategic affairs with K Subrahmanyam


Use the Tibet card Zorawar Daulet Singh
To settle the India-China dispute

Consensus must endure Dinesh Wagle
Maoists have the upper hand in the construction of the republic

Bottom-up dynamics Sushant K Singh
What attracts Africa to India and how it can be strengthened

Pressed by inflation Gulzar Natarajan
Easing supply bottlenecks is the right way to go


Memories of 1971 Amardeep Singh
A review of Tahmima Anam’s A Golden Age

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2 thoughts on “Pragati May 2008: Towards liberal nationalism”

  1. The KS interview was awesome. Mazaa aa gaya. Not for nothing is he known (in certain uber-nationalistic circles) as the Bhishma Pitamah of Indian security strategy. He and RN Kao were probably the first strategic-level Bharat Rakshaks of Independent India.

    Of course, must also mention that I moved away subsequently from KS’s support for the N-deal. Moved closer to the Bharat Karnad position on the matter. But hey, I wouldn’t trust someone with whom I had no differences at all….(:-D)

    Kudos again to the Pragati team. Alongwith yesterday’s successful AgniIII launch, this interview made my day.

  2. Sud,

    Thanks. I can say that it was an even greater experience to interview him.

    My own views on this are similar to those of KS. The differences with Profs Karnad and Chellaney arise from a different perspective on the evaluation of the opportunity costs of investing in nuclear weapons. And why those weapons exist in India’s arsenal in the first place.

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