Month: May 2008

  • Towards liberal nationalism

    There is a case for an inclusive, non-elitist cultural nationalism that transcends, but does not displace other cultures. The challenge is to move beyond the sterility of policy responses and construct a secular nationalism using as raw material uncontroversial things that we all can share. Whether it is cricket, films, or festivals, the challenge is to construct an inclusive, liberal, cultural nationalism.

  • Changing the broken wheel

    William F Buckley helped rid the American right of nuts and kooks and shed the image of conservatism as solely based on hate or belonging to the era of grumpy grandpas. He made the right mostly secular, cool and respectable. In India, whence will such a force for the good come then?

  • Towards “that heaven of freedom”

    Taken to their extremes liberalism and nationalism are antithetical even inimical ideologies. There are however some shared values and synergies which have seen liberals in India and abroad embrace nationalistic rhetoric and policies to achieve their goals.

  • Use the Tibet card

    India can link a final and unequivocal legitimisation of China’s sovereignty over Tibet to a settlement of border dispute. Even more specifically, India could use the Tibet ‘card’ to the Tawang tract in Arunachal Pradesh.

  • Pressed by inflation

    Regulatory controls and short-term supply side measures may ease inflationary pressures slightly, but cannot contain it when global prices are rising. It is a moot point as to whether it is possible to contain inflationary pressures in India, even if the supply side constraints are removed and there is a domestic surplus.

  • Consensus must endure

    Nepal's interim constitution requires the constituent assembly to pass articles of the new constitution with a two-thirds majority. This means that no party can do it alone. The parties have to come together, hammer out agreements and work for consensus.

  • Issue 14 | May 2008

    This month's issue of Pragati - The Indian National Interest Review makes out the case for liberal nationalism---and that there is a new opportunity for a politics that champions liberal values, economic freedom and nationalism that "transcends, but does not displace other cultures". We kick off a series of interviews with leading experts in strategic affairs with a conversation with K Subrahmanyam, discussing geopolitics of the 21st century, the role of nuclear weapons, India's national interests and military modernisation. Look out for a special podcast of this interview (will be available on our website in the third week of May). We have roundups on the issue of Tibet, developments in Nepal, engagement with Africa and a review of a novel set in East Pakistan in 1971. Also, this month's filter section puts you abreast of some of the key analyses coming out of policy think-tanks.