Recently there has been some heated discussion on who is ‘morally qualified’ to write about India. Socio-economic changes have made India the apple pie of global literary – fiction and non-fiction – circle.
Hopefully, India can work its way out of the ‘Gilded Age’ either by adopting the policies of the early Progressives or devising an indigenous approach favored by its unique historical experience.
Though India’s claim to great power glory was professed much before the country achieved independence in 1947, the current phase reflects India’s willingness to work towards that goal rather than make a fortuitous claim to it.
It appears that BJP continues to identify nationalism with religious nationalism and equates posturing with politics. If the BJP desires to indulge in political opportunism, the party will have to choose such opportunities wisely and construct a plausible strategy.