Vision for a Nation

Vision for a Nation

Paths and Perspectives


What is the nation? What is the idea of India? Whose India is it, anyway?
This inaugural volume in the series titled Rethinking India aims to kickstart a national dialogue on the key questions of our times. It brings together India's foremost intellectuals, academics, activists, technocrats, professionals and policymakers to offer an in-depth exploration of these issues, deriving from their long-standing work, experience and unflinching commitment to the collective idea of India, of who we can and ought to be. Vision for a Nation: Paths and Perspectives champions a plural, inclusive, just, equitable and prosperous India, committed to individual dignity as the foundation of the unity and vibrancy of the nation.
In order to further disseminate these ideas-the vision for the nation as aspirationally reflected in the Constitution-this book provides a positive counter-narrative to reclaim the centrality of a progressive, deeply plural and forward-looking and inclusive India. It serves as a fresh reminder of our shared and shareable overlapping values and principles, and collective heritage and resources. The essays in the book are meaningful to anyone with an interest in contemporary Indian politics, South Asian studies, modern Indian history, law, sociology, media and journalism.


240 Pages | ISBN13 9780670092949
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Aakash Singh Rathore
Aakash Singh Rathore
Aakash Singh Rathore is a philosopher of international repute, the author of seven books (including A Philosophy of Autobiography: Body & Text), and a regular contributor to the Indian Express and Outlook magazine with bylines in the Times of India, Firstpost and Huffington Post. He is also India's No. 3 Ironman triathlete and a social media influencer. Rathore has taught at Jawaharlal Nehru University and University of Delhi, as well as at Rutgers University, University of Pennsylvania, University of Toronto, Humboldt University of Berlin and LUISS University, Rome. He is International Fellow of the Centre for Ethics and Global Politics, Rome, and Fellow at the Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla. Rathore is also the series editor of Rethinking India (fourteen volumes, forthcoming 2019-20) and co-editor of its first volume, Vision for a Nation: Paths and Perspectives (with Ashis Nandy). He is also series editor of Ethics, Human Rights and Global Political Thought (Routledge) and Religion and Democracy: Reconceptualizing Religion, Culture, and Politics in Global Context (Oxford). His eighteen books, some of which he has edited, have been published by leading international publishers and range from political philosophy, law and religion to literature, sports and wine. His website is
Ashis Nandy
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